Suggested further reading: Luke 13:22-27
Those who neglect the duties of their calling are in awful
danger (v. 46). These words apply to ministers, but also to all who
occupy positions of trust. Peter's request for clarification as to whom
these things applied (v. 41) received no answer.
The language which our Lord uses about slothful and
unfaithful servants is peculiarly severe. Few places in the Gospels contain
such strong expressions as these. The same loving Saviour, who
holds out mercy to the uttermost to the penitent and believing, never
shrinks from holding up the judgements of God against those who
despise his counsels. Let no man deceive himself on this subject. There is
a hell for one who goes on in his wickedness, no less than a heaven
for a believer in Jesus.
Let us strive so to live that whenever our heavenly Master
comes we May be found ready to receive him. Let us watch our hearts
with a godly jealousy and beware of any disposition to lower our
standard of holiness.
The greater a man's religious light, the greater is his guilt if he
is not converted (vv. 47-48). The lesson of these verses is one of
wide application. It demands the attention of many classes. The
judgement of every man who has the Bible will be far greater than
the judgement of the heathen who has never seen or read it. Every
hearer of the gospel is far more guilty than the inhabitant of some
dark place where nothing but semi-heathen morality is heard. Every
child in a Christian family is far more blameworthy in God's sight
than those who live in houses where no honour is paid to the Word
of God. Let these things never be forgotten. Our judgement at the
last day will be according to our light and opportunities.
What are we doing with our religious knowledge? Are we
using it wisely and turning it to good account? Or are we content to
know the Lord's will but not to do it? Knowledge not used and light
not followed only add to our condemnation.
For meditation: Even if a man was a walking encyclopaedia
of Bible knowledge it would not save him. The Bible has to be
believed and obeyed.