42 And the Lord replied, “A faithful, sensible servant is one to whom the master can give the responsibility of managing his other household servants and feeding them. 43 If the master returns and finds that the servant has done a good job, there will be a reward. 44 I tell you the truth, the master will put that servant in charge of all he owns. 45 But what if the servant thinks, ‘My master won’t be back for a while,’ and he begins beating the other servants, partying, and getting drunk? 46 The master will return unannounced and unexpected, and he will cut the servant in pieces and banish him with the unfaithful.
47 “And a servant who knows what the master wants, but isn’t prepared and doesn’t carry out those instructions, will be severely punished. 48 But someone who does not know, and then does something wrong, will be punished only lightly. When someone has been given much, much will be required in return; and when someone has been entrusted with much, even more will be required. (Luke 12:41-48 NLT)
I was number 4 of 5 kids in my family. On the rare times when my parents would leave together for some reason and leave and my two older brothers were gone, my sister was left in charge. My younger brother and I were told to obey here and not make a mess of the house. Of course we did not obey her and made a fort out of our couch cushions. When our parents pulled into the driveway, we worked as fast as we could to put everything back the way it was supposed to be. But our parents always knew what we had done.
Jesus tells us to listen to His voice, help and serve others, and follow God's commands. He knows when we don't and forgives us. He tells us to be faithful and prepared for His return, to live lives of integrity while we wait for His return. He calls us to be His "Faithful Servants."