Jesus tells a story about two people that are left with big responsibilities. One is loyal and wise, and the other is negligent, abusive and drunk. Life is consequential and our choices lead somewhere. The question is what can you as a human being do with the life that God has given you?
In a modern workplace context, the slave would be equivalent to a manager with a duty to the owners while managing other workers. The owner’s interests are met only when the workers’ needs are met. The manager has responsibilities to both those above and below him in authority. Jesus says that it is the servant leader’s duty to look to the needs of those under him as well as those above him. He cannot excuse himself for mistreating those under his authority by claiming it is somehow for the benefit of his superiors.
Jesus could return at any time. We need to live each day with an awareness that we have been left with clear instructions on how to live and take care of God’s concerns.
The two characters in the story have much to teach us about our own life story.
Jesus was teaching that every person in the world holds his life, natural abilities, wealth, and possessions in trust from God and must give account of how these things are used.