“A faithful, sensible servant is one to whom the master can give the responsibility of managing his other household servants and feeding them,” Jesus told His disciples. “If the master returns and finds that the servant has done a good job, there will be a reward. I tell you the truth, the master will put that servant in charge of all that he owns.” Matthew 24:45-47 NLT

This passage reminds me of Joseph, sold into slavery by his jealous brothers. He was thrown abruptly from the house of his loving father into a foreign land, a slave sold for twenty pieces of silver. But he was faithful, through ever-increasing responsibilities, until his master had given him authority over everything in his household, except the decision of what to have for dinner.

But Jesus also told His disciples about another kind of servant, evil and sneaky. Seeing that the master is delaying in his return, that servant begins to party, mistreat the other servants, and becomes a drunk. When his master returns unexpectedly, he discovers the evil servant and gets rid of him, sending him to the place where hypocrites are sent, the place of bitter regrets and weeping.

“He that is faithful in that which is least, is faithful also in much,” Jesus once told His disciples. This means that each of us, no matter how small our responsibility, can be faithful to Jesus right where we are. So the widow who dropped two tiny copper coins into the temple treasury was more generous than the rich who gave great sums.

In its context, this story tells us that faithfully doing what Jesus has put before us, even if He seems far away, is the best preparation for a joyful meeting when He appears. As we are faithful to Jesus, we will be mindful of Him, watching for Him, as He said.

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