In Luke 12:42–48, Jesus is speaking to his disciples about the importance of being faithful servants in His Kingdom. He emphasizes that even though a servant may not know when their master will return, they must remain alert and be prepared for his coming. In verse 43, Jesus says “Blessed is that slave whom his master finds so doing when he comes.” Here, Jesus is emphasizing the importance of maintaining faithfulness and obedience to God even when we do not know the timing of His return.
In verse 44, Jesus gives a warning by saying “But if that slave says in his heart, ‘My master will be a long time in coming,’ and begins to beat the male and female slaves, to eat and drink and get drunk…” Here, Jesus is warning us of the danger of allowing ourselves to become complacent or have a sense of entitlement in our position as servants. We must remember that He could come at any moment, so we should maintain humility in all that we do.
In verse 45, Jesus encourages us to “Look!” Look for opportunities to serve Him faithfully and obey His commands.
In verse 46, He says “Listen!” Listen to Him and be attentive to His Word so that we can understand how He wants us to live our lives.
In verse 47, Jesus says "Listen! If you know what God wants you to do, but don't do it, then you will be disciplined.
Finally, in verse 48, Jesus says “But if that slave is wicked and says to himself, ‘My master is delayed in coming’…” Here, Jesus is teaching us a valuable lesson: no matter what circumstances we find ourselves in or what happens around us, our loyalty should always be to God.
In conclusion, as Christians, we must remember that Jesus is coming back at any time. We should maintain faithfulness and obedience to His Word, Look for opportunities to serve Him, Listen to His teachings, and not become complacent or have a sense of entitlement in our position as servants. Doing these things will help us remain prepared for His coming.