I see a bit of backhanded hope in this verse. The focus is, of course, on the servant who is faithful. What about the son who “causeth shame” (acts shamefully NASB) (954)? Last post I was talking about the one who worked hard at evil. Here we are talking about a drifter. It may be stretching, but he is still considered a son. At least for a time.
I don’t think this is an invitation to drifting aimlessly through life with no consequences. Paul points out there is a point where lack of faith has consequences.
(Romans 11:22 KJV) Behold therefore the goodness and severity of God: on them which fell, severity; but toward thee, goodness, if thou continue in his goodness: otherwise thou also shalt be cut off.You will need to read the entire passage in Romans 11 to get the full context and understand the danger, but here we are reminded of the patience of God. Causing shame does not seem to cut you from your “inheritance” (5159), but it reduces your portion.
So? Live in obedient faith. Live like it makes a difference. It does.