“Who then is a faithful and wise servant, whom his master made ruler over his household, to give them food in due season? Blessed is that servant whom his master, when he comes, will find so doing.” Matthew 24:45, 46 NKJV
“And he called his ten servants, and delivered them ten pounds, and said unto them, Occupy till I come.” Luke 19:13 KJV (Other translations say, “Do business until I come.”)
This concept of “occupation” is a vital Kingdom principle.
Jesus is coming! What are we doing? Sadly, a large segment of the Church is sitting back, doing nothing (or filling time with lots of “programs”), just waiting on Him to yank them out of this “evil sinful world” and into Paradise. Sorry, guys, it doesn’t work that way. Jesus is King and this is His Kingdom – He did not abdicate His throne and abandon His people. He expects us to live according to His purposes and have dominion over the earth.
Who then is a faithful and wise servant? Are you? Am I? Important questions. What does it mean to be faithful? To be full of faith, to trust, to know and believe the One whom we serve… What does it mean to be wise? To use wisdom, to follow the instructions and principles the Master Himself gave us… What does it mean to be a servant? To serve, to be abandoned to the Master’s purposes, to humble ourselves, to love.
whom his master made ruler over his household... read that again: Whom his Master made ruler over His household. Read it again: Whom his Master made ruler over His household. Jesus is referring to our authority and dominion within His Kingdom. It is our job to occupy… to do business… to advance the Kingdom… to exercise dominion… to fulfill our restored purpose… until He comes. We, under His authority, rule His Kingdom (which is why we are called “kings and priests” (Rev. 1:6)). When He said, “All authority has been given to Me…Go therefore”, He was delegating that authority to us with the expectation for us to use it. In fact, time after time in the Gospels, we see Jesus urging the disciples to take that authority (look at Matthew 9:26, 14:16, and 14:31, just for example).
to give them food in due season… Jesus is not talking about physical sustenance here. We are to go in His power and authority and make disciples of the nations, teaching them all that Jesus commanded…man doesn’t live on bread alone but upon the Word of God! We are to go and subdue cities and nations, apprehending them with His love and feeding the hungry masses with the Bread of Life. It’s due season right now! Seek the Lord while He may be found. Today. Now. “Feed My sheep.”
Blessed is that servant whom his master, when he comes, will find so doing. This is one of those things that Jesus said that sounds really upon a casual reading. We like blessings! It’s God’s desire to richly, extravagantly, overwhelmingly bless us. But this is one of those “if… then” statements. IF we do this, THEN God does that. How will we be found when the Master comes? Will we be “so doing?” Will we be occupying and doing business? Or just waiting for the end of the world?
Occupy till I come. What does it mean, to “occupy?” I occupy my house, whether I’m awake or sleeping, whether I make it a palace or a hovel; where I live, there I occupy. Right? There’s a lot more to it than that. Pragmateuomai (to occupy, #G4231) means more like “occupation” in a business sense than in a dwelling sense. What is our occupation? What is our purpose in life? For what purpose did Christ come as a Man and die in our place? That we would be restored to our original, Garden of Eden purpose. To exercise the King’s dominion and advance His Kingdom upon the earth.We might also look at this word like one might see a military occupation. It’s the business (occupation) of the King to send out troops (occupiers who move in, dwell, do business)…
Also consider this: Where no one occupies and no rule of law is enforced, squatters feel they have the right to move in. Of course they don’t really have that right – but if no one will exercise authority and dominion, they are just going to stick around until someone does. The earth is the Lord’s – it does not belong to satan. It is not under his authority and neither are we… unless we allow him to occupy, unless we allow him to have authority ad to dominate. satan is a powerful being and we have no power in and of ourselves to resist – but he has no power in the face of Almighty God and God has given us dominion and authority and power over all the power of the enemy (Luke 10:19).
How do we have this power? Jesus said that “…if I cast out demons by the Spirit of God, surely the Kingdom of God has come upon you.” (Matthew 12:28). Remember – Jesus came here as a man and received the anointing of God – literally covered by Holy Spirit – to demonstrate that under that same anointing, we can do the same works and even greater than the ones He did! (Luke 3:21,22; John 14:12) Everything Jesus did was under that anointing; indeed He said that He could do nothing in His own power (John 5:19). We operate in exactly the same power Jesus operated in; the Holy Spirit is not given by measure and we have the same Spirit that Jesus had!
We have a mandate – a requirement – from the Lord… the Kingdom mandate. We have power, dominion, and authority – we need to be faithful and wise servants, advancing His Kingdom and occupying until He comes.