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How Good A Waiter Am I? Luke 12:35-48. Eschatology (teaching about the future) in the Bible is not so much to inform us of the details of the future as to prepare us to serve God faithfully today. Jesus spoke often of His return.

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how good a waiter am i luke 12 35 48
How Good A Waiter Am I?Luke 12:35-48
  • Eschatology(teaching about the future) in the Bible is not so much to inform us of the details of the future as to prepare us to serve God faithfully today.
  • Jesus spoke often of His return.
  • John 14:3 “And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am.”

There are 260 chapters in the New Testament

  • Christ’s return is mentioned 318 times in the N.T.
  • One verse in every 25 verses in the N.T. mentions Christ’s return.
  • The Rich Fool made the terrible mistake of thinking to be rich on earth was a sufficient goal.
  • What really matters is to have treasures in heaven, “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” Luke 12:34
  • II Peter 3:3-12

I. A Good Waiter for God will be Prepared and PatientLuke 12:35-37

  • How do we wait on God?
  • What kind of helpful attitude can we adopt?
  • Dress for Work
  • Lights on for Action
  • Awake to Welcome

Patience is a fruit of the Holy Spirit. It is a spiritual quality to be developed.

  • “Waiting is a period of learning. The longer we wait, the more we hear from Him for Whom we are waiting”
  • Waiting is not intended to be static for us because we know God is at work.
  • Waiting is an art, and timing is everything.
  • Waiting with purpose, patience and hope is not easy, but necessary and rewarding (v.37)

II. A Good Waiter for God will Have ExpectationsLuke 12:38-40

  • III A Good Waiter for God will be Faithful Luke 12:37; 40-48
  • To be faithful means to be ‘full of faith’, faithfull. In Luke 12:41 we transition into the second parable which complements the previous one. In this parable the theme is still the return of the Master – the return of Christ, but the focus is “faithfulness”.

Peter’s question is never directly answered in v. 41, but instead Jesus tells another parable story.

  • In this parable, faithfulness is rewarded big time (vs. 42-44) whereas unfaithfulness carries with it great punishment. (vs. 45-48) The punishment corresponds with the degree of intentional unfaithfulness.

For the Faithful the Lord’s Return Holds RewardsLuke 12:37; 42-44

  • Luke 12:37 “It will be good for those servants whose master finds them watching when he comes. Truly I tell you, he will dress himself to serve, will have them recline at the table and will come and wait on them.”
  • Luke 12:42-44 “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? 43 It will be good for that servant whom the master finds doing so when he returns. 44 Truly I tell you, he will put him in charge of all his possessions.”

2. For the Unfaithful the Return of Christ Holds Terror Luke 12:45-48

  • Luke 12:45-48 “But suppose the servant says to himself, ‘My master is taking a long time in coming,’ and he then begins to beat the other servants, both men and women, and to eat and drink and get drunk. 46 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.  

47 “The servant who knows the master’s will and does not get ready or does not do what the master wants will be beaten with many blows. 48 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 from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked.”


There are types of servants with three degrees of unfaithfulness or disobedience, resulting in three punishments.

  • The first is the servant who is outright disobedient, doing the opposite of what he is to do in the Master’s absence. He is cut to pieces and assigned a place with the unbelievers.
  • Why? He proves by his actions that he is an unbeliever v. 45,46

b. There is a second scenario of a servant who knows his Master’s will, but doesn’t get around to do what this Master wants. He is punished with many blows.

  • c. There is a third scenario of a servant who did not know what he was to do, but still does things deserving punishment, he is beaten with a few blows.


  • Punishment varies with knowledge.
  • Punishment varies with the deliberateness of disobedience.
  • All disobedience and actions have to be accounted for
  • We are all accountable for what we have been given. We are to be faithful stewards.
  • II Corinthians 5:10 “For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each of us may receive what is due us for the things done while in the body, whether good or bad.”


  • What kind of waiter for God am I?
  • Am I preparing for Christ’s return?
  • Am I patient and active as I wait for His return?
  • Am I expectant that it could be any time?
  • Am I faithful as a servant steward?

Keep Watching and be ready. Concentrate on being faithful the whole time he is gone and look forward to the Master’s return.

  • Continue to be active in your service for Christ
  • Continue to keep the light of Christ burning bright in the world we live in.
  • Keep alert, be prepared, be patient, anticipate with faithfulness His return.