THE SERVANT GENERAL
ON SERVANT LEADERSHIP
August 25, 2016
Today’s reading: Matthew 24:42-51
Servant leaders are very important instruments for God’s
will in the world to be done. They are the ones who are entrusted
with and tasked to carry out His plans. How they perform will
determine to a large degree what happens to God’s people.
must a responsible servant leader do?
he must be vigilant. We are already in the end times, but
we do not know when Jesus will actually return. So a servant
leader simply must be prepared and ready at any time, 24/7.
“Therefore, stay awake! For you do not know on which
day your Lord will come.” (v.42).
he must protect his Master’s interests. He must protect
those entrusted to his care. The enemy is always trying to
assault God’s dominion, and take what belongs to Him.
The servant leader must resist the enemy at every turn. “Be
sure of this: if the master of the house had known the hour
of night when the thief was coming, he would have stayed awake
and not let his house be broken into.” (v.43).
he must be faithful and prudent. God entrusts him with as
a steward--to care for the flock, to handle resources, to
help keep communities intact. He feeds them with God’s
word and feeds God’s poor with material things. “Who,
then, is the faithful and prudent servant, whom the master
has put in charge of his household to distribute to them their
food at the proper time?” (v.45).
he must not relax his guard. He must not become complacent
or lazy, just because Jesus is long in coming. He must not
say to himself, “My master is long delayed.” (v.48b),
and so neglect his duties. Because that would allow the enemy
to wreak havoc on what he has been tasked to care for, then
the Master would consider him a “wicked servant”
he must look only to the one enemy and not be in conflict
with his co-workers. When God’s people no longer look
to fighting the one enemy, they end up fighting with each
other. And so a servant “begins to beat his fellow servants”
(v.49a). As such, he would not only be weakening the body,
but would become distracted as to allow the enemy to slip
he must not conform to the decadent ways of the world. The
enemy uses the world and the flesh to lure God’s people
away from Him. The servant leader must not succumb to this
“and eat and drink with drunkards” (v.49b). If
he does, he in effect joins the ranks of the enemy.
And so “the servant’s master will come on an unexpected
day and at an unknown hour” (v.50). That being the case,
and entrusted with such important work, the servant leader
“must be prepared, for at an hour you do not expect,
the Son of Man will come.” (v.44). The punishment for
not being awake, prepared and vigilant is severe. The Master
“will punish him severely and assign him a place with
the hypocrites, where there will be wailing and grinding of
teeth.” (v.51). On the other hand, the reward for fidelity
in fulfilling his task will be glorious. “Blessed is
that servant whom his master on his arrival finds doing so.”