devotional post # 1,985
Luk 12:41 Then Peter said, “Lord, are you telling this illustration for us or for everyone?”
Luk 12:42 The Lord responded, “Who then is the faithful and wise manager, whom the master puts in charge of his household servants, to give them their allowance of food at the proper time?
Luk 12:43 Blessed is that slave whom his master finds at work when he returns.
Luk 12:44 I tell you the truth, the master will put him in charge of all his belongings.
It was not uncommon for the people listening to Jesus to express confusion and ask for more information (see Roy Zuck, Teaching As Jesus Taught, p. 279). Here, Peter asked Jesus what the referent to his parable was. He wanted to know if it applied to his disciples, or to the greater crowds listening. Jesus’ response essentially answered “both.” The present faithful are responsible for the future faithful. Those who believe the gospel have been put in charge of those who are being drawn to it. Faithfulness to that charge will result in a new charge — all the master’s possessions.
Jesus encourages a new perspective about gain and responsibility. Under the old perspective, money is something to worry about and seek. Under the new perspective, people are the thing to invest in. If we treat people right, untold possessions await us. If we mistreat people, the master will not be pleased with us when he returns.
LORD, show us how to live in your new perspective, prioritising people.