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Redeeming the Time - Part 1

FAITHFUL SERVICE            Page 3

V.37 ** Ok, we are ready, we are waiting, finally what must we be to most effectively redeem the time?

3) We must be faithful! "Blessed are those slaves whom the master shall find on the alert..."
Our faithfulness day in and day out, is the measure of how we use the time that we have for the glory of the Lord. The apostle Paul spoke much about this issue, remember 1Corinthians 4:2, "it is required of stewards that one be found trustworthy." And his instructions to Timothy in 2Timothy 2:2 to entrust the gospel to "faithful" men repeats the same concept.

** How is the Lord going to respond to our faithfulness?

Most incredibly, He is going to serve us! Here the parable refers to the time in the future when God rewards our faithfulness by actually serving us. cf. Revelation 19:6-9, 1Corinthians 4:5

V.38 ** When might we expect the Lord to come?

We have absolutely no idea! We do not know what time of day, or for that matter which day that we will meet the Lord face to face.

** What is the status of the servant who is found to be faithful when his master comes?

Again, he is blessed!

V.39 ** What do we know for sure about our actions, it they were to be based upon a timely and known schedule?

If we knew the day and hour to be prepared, we would be. However, since we do not know, we must labor earnestly to always be prepared.

V.40 ** How does that warning to the homeowner apply to us?

Exactly the same! We "too" must be ready, "for the Son of Man [Jesus] is coming at an hour that you do not expect."

V.41 ** What is Peter's problem with understanding this parable?

He does not know how broad the application is for the truth that Jesus is teaching.

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