Spiritual leaders care.
Luke 12: 42-48
“The Lord answered, “Who then is the faithful and wise manager, whom the master puts in charge of his servants to give them their food allowance at the proper time? 43 It will be good for that servant whom the master finds doing so when he returns. 44 Truly I tell you, he will put him in charge of all his possessions. 45 But suppose the servant says to himself, ‘My master is taking a long time in coming,’ and he then begins to beat the other servants, both men and women, and to eat and drink and get drunk. 46 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. He will cut him to pieces and assign him a place with the unbelievers. 47 “The servant who knows the master’s will and does not get ready or does not do what the master wants will be beaten with many blows. 48 But the one who does not know and does things deserving punishment will be beaten with few blows. From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded; and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked.”
Who is the master?
The master gives authority and responsibility.
The master has concerns for people who He calls His servants.
Though the master is away He wants to care for them until he returns.
If they are cared for when he returns then he will give an increased responsibility to the manager.
Who is he? He is Jesus!
Who is the manager?
He is a servant but he is also a leader, a manager of people, the Master’s people.
The manager will be tempted to think the master is not coming because the delay is long, he will think he is free to treat the servants not as belonging to the manager but just as people and people he can abuse.
The manager will begin to act like someone who does not belong to the master. He will begin to act as if he was the master.
He will be surprised when the master returns and if he has fallen into the temptation of being ruthless, vile, abuser of people then he will be dealt with heavily. He will actually be dealt with worse than the leaders and managers who do not know the master.
Who is the manager? Spiritual leaders of the Church.
When the Master returns the Managers will be judged the most and they will be judged on how they treated people, the servants.
Think carefully if you desire spiritual leadership in the Church.
Consider your ways. Love people. Take care of them. Show that you are ready and waiting.