Bible: Luke 12:35-48

Call to Faithful Stewardship

12:35Get dressed for service 1  and keep your lamps burning; 2  12:36 be like people 3  waiting for their master to come back from the wedding celebration, 4  so that when he comes and knocks they can immediately open the door for him. 12:37 Blessed are those slaves 5  whom their master finds alert 6  when he returns! I tell you the truth, 7  he will dress himself to serve, 8  have them take their place at the table, 9  and will come 10  and wait on them! 11  12:38 Even if he comes in the second or third watch of the night 12  and finds them alert, 13  blessed are those slaves! 14  12:39 But understand this: If the owner of the house had known at what hour the thief 15  was coming, he would not have let 16  his house be broken into. 12:40 You also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect him.” 17 

12:41 Then 18  Peter said, “Lord, are you telling this parable for us or for everyone? 19  12:42 The Lord replied, 20 Who then is the faithful and wise manager, 21  whom the master puts in charge of his household servants, 22  to give them their allowance of food at the proper time? 12:43 Blessed is that slave 23  whom his master finds at work 24  when he returns. 12:44 I tell you the truth, 25  the master 26  will put him in charge of all his possessions. 12:45 But if 27  that 28  slave should say to himself, 29 My master is delayed 30  in returning,’ and he begins to beat 31  the other 32  slaves, both men and women, 33  and to eat, drink, and get drunk, 12:46 then the master of that slave will come on a day when he does not expect him and at an hour he does not foresee, and will cut him in two, 34  and assign him a place with the unfaithful. 35  12:47 That 36  servant who knew his master’s will but did not get ready or do what his master asked 37  will receive a severe beating. 12:48 But the one who did not know his master’s will 38  and did things worthy of punishment 39  will receive a light beating. 40  From everyone who has been given much, much will be required, 41  and from the one who has been entrusted with much, 42  even more will be asked. 43 

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