Who then is a faithful and wise servant, whom his lord has made ruler over his household, to give them meat in due season?…
I. THE CHARACTER OF THE FAITHFUL SERVANT.
1. The faithful servant is one whose service is sincere.
2. The faithful servant is one whose service is unreserved, limited only by his capability.
3. His service is uniform.
4. His service is according to the prescribed rule, "If a man strive for masteries, yet is he not crowned, except he strive lawfully."
5. His service is that of faith — the living faith of the heart in the truth of God as revealed to us in Jesus Christ.
II. His REWARD. The reward is here made to depend upon the servant being found occupying the position assigned him, with all fidelity, "when his Lord cometh." We must not infer that the faithful servant is not blessed prior to his Lord's coming, at the hour of death. Nor do his onerous duties diminish, but rather contribute to, the blessedness of the faithful servant. He has to suffer, it is true; but these minister to his blessedness. The master promotes his servant to the highest post of honour because of his fidelity in an inferior position. He is made a "ruler." These pleasures will be internally progressive. The reward, however, will not be equal in degree. It is a matter of the first importance to determine whether we are in deed and truth the servants of Christ.
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