Theme of the Week: Godly Men Are Servants
Bible Verse: “So you also, when you have done everything, you were told to do, should say, ‘We are unworthy servants; we have only done our duty.’” Luke 17:10
Scripture Reading: Luke 17:1-10
Have you ever read the parable of the hard-working servant at the beginning of Luke 17? The disciples ask about how they should increase their faith, and Jesus hits them with this parable.
Take some time to read it. Go ahead – I will wait….
Interesting right? It seems so impersonal and cold. Now, it’s important to remember that Jesus was speaking to the disciples only – not to the Pharisees or the crowds – so I think He was speaking more direct to get a desired result.
Jesus was building a Kingdom work ethic into those young leaders. Imagine being a disciple of Jesus during this time and experiencing the crowds, the notoriety, the signs and wonder. They were personally connected to it all.
Perhaps Jesus took this moment to make sure there was no entitlement in the people who He would soon entrust the mission of God to. Maybe He wanted to make sure they properly understood the fact God doesn’t owe them anything.
Or maybe it was about removing excuses and reminding them of the privilege of their calling. It’s an honor to serve the Lord and not a chore. It’s a pleasure and delight, because we know who God is and need nothing in return.
It’s an honor to serve the Lord and not a chore.
Whatever Jesus’ intentions were, what we know is that He was being clear about expectations of what a godly servant should act like. You may be tired – but you still need to serve the master.
You may be tired – but you still need to serve the master.
Do you have entitlement in your heart?
Do you feel like God owes you?
I don’t always like the answers to these questions because they penetrate to the motivations of my heart, but these questions still need to be asked if we want to remain godly servants.
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