The one who guards a fig tree will eat its fruit,
and whoever protects their master will be honored.
The word of God is very clear when addressing a subject, therefore it should not be a surprise the accuracy and simplicity with which it addresses the most important issues of our lives. Two of these issues are work and stewardship. In these two subjects the word of God establishes and reinforces the concepts that should guide the life of God’s children. Work and stewardship are functions assigned to man from the very beginning of the existence of the human race. Our father Adam was assigned various tasks by the Lord in the garden of Eden so that he was not idle. Man was given the task of dominating the earth and multiply himself to put it into submission. God also placed man in the garden of Eden to till it and keep it. Additionally, Adam was in charge of naming all the animals that God had created. Regarding stewardship it is clear that the task of cultivating and keeping the garden refers to this aspect. Even after Adam’s expulsion from the Garden of Eden he was in charge of working the ground from which he had been taken.
Our Lord Jesus Christ made reference to these two issues very strongly by means of the parables he used to teach people about the kingdom of God. Among these parables we can refer to the parable of the gold coins and the parable of the wicked tenants. In both parables Jesus spoke of the importance of stewardship and work. The apostle Paul also commented at length the issue urging everyone to work, not to be idle and to be always expectant and in readiness for the return of the Lord. Let us not ignore, then, in view of these teachings and exhortations to live a holy life dedicated to the tasks the Lord has entrusted to us. In due time the Lord will reward us with honor for the loyalty and commitment we have shown in carrying out the works which he prepared from before the foundation of the world for us to do. Only to God be the glory!
Do not slander a servant to their master,
or they will curse you, and you will pay for it.
As children of God we must take responsibility for our actions, good or bad, and for everything that comes out of our lips, be it blessings or curses. One area of our life that requires our attention is the way we verbally express our thoughts. Oftentimes we say something that we have to regret later having failed to control our speech. That is very natural for human beings, but being natural does not necessarily mean it’s good. We must not allow emotions to control our lives. I’m not saying we should suppress all emotions because that would lead us to mental illness, but we must let our emotions be controlled by the Holy Spirit. One thing to watch closely is when we say something in jest. As God’s children we can enjoy humor and laughter but by no means we should allow that humor to be used as a weapon to harm others. Many times it is quite easy to say something funny related to the physical appearance or a genetic deformity of someone present. It is possible that what we say is funny but the person referred to in the joke will feel attacked and that will become a source of pain, hatred and bitterness, because the joke will be immediately interpreted as a low blow.
The best course of action, then, is to take care at all times, especially when we are speaking in jest, of not referring to the physical aspect of anybody, present or not. Let’s forget the jokes about fatness, being skinny, baldness, short people, tall people, hairy people, the pot-bellied, the emaciated or any other physical appearance that deviates from what the culture considers “normal.” There are many other subjects that we can use to say something really funny without giving way to our natural tendency to take cheap shots at others. We’ll do better by following the instructions given by the Apostle Paul to the Ephesians, “Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.” Let us take care, then, of what comes out of our lips. Only to God be the glory!