1 Samuel 15: 22 A wise servant will rule over the [unworthy] son who acts shamefully and brings disgrace [to the family] And [the worthy servant] will share in the inheritance among the brothers.
In our passage of focus, we see a surprising truth. As unbelievable as it may sound, a man may prefer his servant to his son and choose to give him an inheritance, as though he were a son. In that era, servants/slaves were considered somewhat less than humans. They were seen more as properties than as humans with rights. They were no much more different than the farm animals and other assets. Ideally, they were entitled to nothing except their pay or sustenance. Yet, we see that these disadvantages cannot stand in the way of a wise servant. In this century, being a servant (or working for someone) may not have the same steep implications as it did back then. Nevertheless, the truth remains that any servant can distinguish himself via wisdom. A productive worker is indispensable. A great example is Jacob. Laban determined to retain his services because he was a productive worker. He (Laban) could not help but notice how that that the Lord hath blessed him for Jacob’s sake (Genesis 30: 27). Now being a profitable (wise) servant/employee is about bringing profit or increase. It is about contributing to the multiplication or growth of available resources. Profit is the positive difference between income (capital) and expenses. Thus, being a profitable servant/employee entails either increasing income (capital) or cutting down expenses (cost). Our position at work may be such that we are not directly responsible for increasing income. Nevertheless, we can help in cutting down the cost of production/operation. We have divine wisdom and can come up with great ideas on how to cut expenses. However, sometimes it may just require something as simple as turning off electrical appliances that are not in use. It could be doing a job perfectly well at the first attempt to prevent wasting more resources (time inclusive) redoing it. Other examples include travelling light, proper planning, etc. Are you an indispensable employee/servant? Are you increasing income, cutting down cost, doing both or none?
Luke 16: 1 & 2 And he said also unto his disciples, There was a certain rich man, which had a steward; and the same was accused unto him that he had wasted his goods. And he called him, and said unto him, How is it that I hear this of thee? give an account of thy stewardship; for thou mayest be no longer steward. Matthew 25: 20 & 21 And so he that had received five talents came and brought other five talents, saying, Lord, thou deliveredst unto me five talents: behold, I have gained beside them five talents more. His lord said unto him, Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.