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Tuesday Devo


Luke 12:42-48
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.


12:41–48 are you telling this parable for us or for all? Jesus does not actually answer Peter’s question, which would seem to indicate that the application is for “everyone” to whom much has been given (see v. 48). The faithful and wise manager is the person who faithfully and fairly cares for those for whom he is responsible, giving them their portion … at the proper time. When the master returns, the faithful manager will be rewarded—a metaphorical picture of the rewards that will be given to faithful believers at the return of Christ. The faithful manager is then contrasted with the unfaithful servant who beats the household servants and gets drunk. To the surprise of the unfaithful servant, however, the master will return at an hour he does not know (v. 46), resulting in swift and harsh judgment: he will cut him in pieces (cf. Jer. 34:18) and put him with the unfaithful—a metaphorical reference to the punishment that awaits the unbeliever at the return of Christ. The latter description (cf. Luke 13:27–28 and esp. the parallel in Matt. 24:51) indicates eternal judgment and separation from God (cf. Luke 8:13). much will be required. People who have been entrusted by God with many abilities and responsibilities will be held to a higher standard on the last day (cf. notes on Matt. 25:29; Mark 4:24, 25).


  • The first take away on Sunday was that salvation is OWNED by FAITH but is SHOWN by FAITHFULNESS. In other words, our deeds are not the BASIS of our salvation, they are the EVIDENCE of our salvation. They are not the foundation, but a demonstration. We can tend to get this backwards. We think our church attendance and Christian label is enough to make us right with God and, thus, headed to heaven. Why can this way of thinking be harmful? Have you ever found yourself here? 

  • This is why it's important to examine our lives to make sure we really do belong to him. Saying a sinners prayer when you were little isn't quite enough; in fact, the sinners prayer that magically saves you is found nowhere in Scripture. We must make sure our lives reflect that there has been a heart change, a rebirth. Is there evidence in your life that you have the Holy Spirit inside you? Is there evidence that you have been reborn and are a new creation? Or are you hanging your hat on a sinner's prayer?

Prayer Topics:

  • That you would remember God sees past your behaviors to your heart.
  • That you would know the voice of the Holy Spirit inside you. 

This Week's City 7:

Try to commit to memory! 

4. Can a person be good enough to go to heaven? No. Because Jesus rose from the dead, proving He is God, I believe a person is saved by grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone.
(John 1:12, 14:6; Acts 4:12; Romans 4:1-25, 5:1-2, 6-11, 6:23, 10:1-4, 10:9; Galatians 3:26; Ephesians 2:1-9; 1 Timothy 2:5-6; Titus 3:4-7)

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