Saturday, November 7, 2009
Are you feeding or fleecing the sheep?
“Who then is a faithful and wise servant, whom his master made ruler over his household, to give them food in due season? Blessed is that servant whom his master, when he comes, will find so doing. Assuredly, I say to you that he will make him ruler over all his goods. But if that evil servant says in his heart, ‘My master is delaying his coming,’ and begins to beat his fellow servants, and to eat and drink with the drunkards, the master of that servant will come on a day when he is not looking for him and at an hour that he is not aware of, and will cut him in two and appoint him his portion with the hypocrites. There shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth. (Matthew 24:45-51)
The Master is the Lord Jesus Christ. The Household is the Church. The servant is the church officer appointed by the Lord to feed the members of the Household.
There are both wise and faithful servants, and there are evil servants. Church officers need to regularly search their hearts and consider whether they are feeding or fleecing the sheep.
There are serious temporal and eternal sanctions for those who are negligent in their duties.