GOOD MANAGER, BAD MANAGER



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?



Matthew 24:
45 “Who then is the faithful and wise servant, whom the master has put in charge of the servants in his household to give them their food at the proper time? 46 It will be good for that servant whose master finds him doing so when he returns. 47 Truly I tell you, he will put him in charge of all his possessions. 
48 But suppose that servant is wicked and says to himself, ‘My master is staying away a long time,’ 49 and he then begins to beat his fellow servants and to eat and drink with drunkards. 50 The master of that servant will come on a day when he does not expect him and at an hour he is not aware of. 51 He will cut him to pieces and assign him a place with the hypocrites, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.


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.[1] 


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.[2]






[1] Theology Of Work Bible Commentary
[2] MacArthur Study Bible (NKJV)

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