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Parable of the Wise and Wicked Servants

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A parable is a short story that has a moral and usually contains a religious lesson. The parable of the wise and wicked servants can be found in both the Book of Matthew and the Book of Luke in the Bible. Jesus told this story to illustrate the return of the Lord. According to the Book of Luke:

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? It will be good for that servant whom the master finds doing so when he returns. I tell you the truth, he will put him in charge of all his possessions. But suppose the servant says to himself, 'My master is taking a long time in coming,' and he then begins to beat the menservants and the maidservants and to eat and drink and get drunk. 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.

"That servant who knows his master's will and does not get ready or does not do what his master wants will be beaten with many blows. 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 form the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked.

In the parable of the wise and wicked servants Jesus promises to reward his followers. These rewards do not always come immediately. If they did we would be tempted to do good only so we could receive these rewards. Looking for them now can mean losing them later. Our ultimate reward is acceptance into heaven, which is far greater than any earthly prize. Jesus also tells how we are supposed to live until his return. We should watch for him, work diligently, and obey his commands. We should use the gifts God has given us so that we can live in his image. We will not be held responsible for gifts God has not given us, but we all...