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. 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. (Luke 12:45-46)
The servant described above is not a servant of the divine being but a servant unto himself. The servant reminds me of my uncle, a mean drunk. He had three unhappy marriages and made life miserable for his daughter and step children. His daughter, my cousin, is one of the best people I know. She forgave her father, as she forgives everyone, and served and fed him. Most of my uncle’s life was pathetic and wasted. Before my uncle’s death, he found Jesus. In heaven, he’s knowing the joy that serving God brings.
The servant in this scripture, unlike my uncle, was never led to Jesus. His life was pathetic and wasted through its end. Upon his death, the Holy Spirit took him to Jesus. He was assigned a place in line with the unbelievers waiting for judgment. I can imagine this servant’s dark eyes being blinded by the light and the feeling of being cut in pieces when the light revealed his dark secrets. But ultimately Light removes darkness. If a servant wishes to remain in darkness, he must ask Jesus to remove him from the light.
Father God, Let me love and shed light to those in darkness in a way they’ll want what I have. Thank you, God, for your love and the gift of Your Spirit. As You give me power to change, I’m becoming a better servant. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen