Unlimited: We Are Unprofitable Servants
Mar 17, 2020 715
When you have done all those things which you are commanded, say, ‘We are unprofitable servants. We have done what was our duty to do.’” (Luke 17:10, NKJV).
In this “hard saying,” Jesus is honing in on a truth with laser-like accuracy. He is zeroing in on the spiritual pride that seems to is too often found in Christianity.
We so are proud of our churches, proud of our Christianity, proud of what we do for Jesus, and so proud that we are better than others who do not have the privilege of being who we are. But Jesus says,
“Wait a minute! Hold on there! Don’t you know that it’s all my doing? Don’t you know that I owe you nothing and you owe me everything? Don’t you realise that without me you, and all you do, simply totals zero? So, don’t be so proud about the things you do for me. Start from the basis that you are simply doing your duty, a duty that is owed to me because you have been acquitted and blood-bought only by what I have done.”
It is because Jesus took upon himself the duty of love to save us, that in turn we can serve him. And so, we must confess ourselves to be worthless servants in everything we do, and respond to his love with the humble, selfless service. Jesus was compelled only by love, and as his followers, so must we.
– Eliezer Gonzalez
Eli’s Reflection: Can you ever really serve another out of love if feel you are owed something? Of course not. Pick a project in which you will do something for someone who can never repay you, and then carry it through out of love.