ANY GIFT, PLUS FAITHFULNESS

Wednesday: 24th October, 2018

Reference text: 12:39-48

Luke 12:42 And the Lord said, Who then is that faithful and wise steward, whom his lord shall make ruler over his household, to give them their portion of meat in due season?

Regardless of the modern capabilities of any mobile phone: from facial recognition to finger print scanning or even the most modern of displays and fanciest cameras, no modern day phone has the selling point ‘can be used to make calls and send text messages’. That capability is no longer seen as a special feature, but a necessary part of every phone. Simply put: ‘if you have a mobile phone in hand, one is expected to be able to use it in making phone calls’

Prior to assigning stewards over his servants, as Jesus mentioned in the parable found in today’s Gospel text, the master of the house sought two key traits: Wisdom and faithfulness. Which made me ask the usual: Why? The servant who began to calculate the possible delayed arrival and plan of action towards the servants in his care, was clearly applying wisdom; albeit not as expected. This gives us an idea of why those two traits ought to exist in tandem.

Wisdom with faithfulness is the way to go because in the absence of the latter, wisdom will be misused. The life of King Solomon offers a classic blueprint for such an outcome where in spite of all the wisdom, he lost touch with God. My dear, we must not be deceived into thinking that the presence of specific gifts or particular traits in a person’s life make the ‘perfect person’; because that is not true.

Any gifts or traits we possess, without a desire to actually use them as they are meant to, turn them into nothing but weaknesses. This is the reality: even in the midst of abundant wisdom, faithfulness in doing that which is right is needed. Without faithfulness, our gifts can very easily be misused.

Remember # it is just not good enough to boast about having a gift: how faithful are you in using it?

#sly

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