1He also said to the disciples, “There was a rich man who had a manager, and charges were brought to him that this man was wasting his possessions. 2And he called him and said to him, ‘What is this that I hear about you? Turn in the account of your management, for you can no longer be manager.’ 3And the manager said to himself, ‘What shall I do, since my master is taking the management away from me? I am not strong enough to dig, and I am ashamed to beg.
William the Conqueror developed the Feudal System, where the king gave out land through grants to nobles, to knights (vassals), to peasants, holding them accountable. For the nobles to receive the land they swore an oath of fealty (fidelity) to the king at all times. The king retained ownership of the land, and the land could be taken back at any time. It reflects the words of Jesus, “To whom much is given, much is expected.” Luke 12:48 Today’s passage illustrates what can happen when one who receives his master’s property displeases the master: there comes a time of accounting for actions. The master heard that the manager had been “squandering his property.” We’re not sure of what property Luke is referencing, if that were to matter. What does stand out to me, is the response of the manager. A response highlighting the severity of the master’s demand. The manager takes the command with great seriousness. God will make the same command to us: Give me an accounting of your management. Are you prepared? Consider this: God has given you a precious property, time on earth. What have you done with your time? Though God is gracious, God’s grace does not free us from accountability. Are you prepared to give an accounting?