“Who then is the faithful and sensible slave whom the master put in charge of his household to give them their food at the proper time” (Matthew 24:45)?
That one is prepared for the tribulation of these last days, and the Lord’s return, is revealed in a steadfast faithfulness to the things of God. The way Jesus frames his question implies that few will remain faithful in the last days; phrased in such a way that it creates within the hearer/reader a determination to be counted among the faithful. It is both an invitation and a challenge to pick up the mantle and be this kind servant. If these words of Jesus to not elicit a response of self-examination regarding our faithfulness to the pursuit of Christ’ call upon our lives, we have failed to read properly the text.