Yesterday I was finally able to go church! Yay! Didn’t care too much for the cold weather that I had to go out in, but I thought that it was totally worth it. I think that was talked on really makes you step back and evaluate your own heart.
The lesson was based off of the text found in Luke 17:7-10. Jesus is really asking his disciples a few rhetorical questions.
7 “Suppose one of you has a servant plowing or looking after the sheep. Will he say to the servant when he comes in from the field, ‘Come along now and sit down to eat’? 8 Won’t he rather say, ‘Prepare my supper, get yourself ready and wait on me while I eat and drink; after that you may eat and drink’? 9 Will he thank the servant because he did what he was told to do? 10 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 17:7-10 NIV
The word Servant that Jesus uses is actually the word Doulas. This means a slave or bond servant (someone that owes a debt). Sometimes people chose this as their job because they ended up being better off then a free man. Think about…they had a roof over their head, food to eat, clean clothes to wear, and if their master was good to them, that made things that much better. A doulas’ soul desire was to wait on his master and to obey all commands Completely without question and they didn’t expect thanks for doing the tasks that they were told to do. It was their job to do those things.
If you haven’t noticed, our current culture is a selfie culture. We are addicted to self-admiration and self-entitlement and that’s caused us as the church to forget that we are actually the servants (Doulas) of God. How many times have you gone to your church and been irked about something that wasn’t how you thought church should be?
A lot people help out in the church to get noticed. They want the attention that comes with doing what’s right. But whenever they don’t get “recognized” for the work that they’re doing, they get all upset and stop helping. They’re like the Pharisees in the bible that would help, but with strings attached. Jesus warns us against spiritual pride in Luke 20:46
46 “Beware of the scribes, who like to walk around in long robes, and love greetings in the marketplaces and the best seats in the synagogues and the places of honor at feasts, 47 who devour widows’ houses and for a pretense make long prayers. They will receive the greater condemnation.” Luke 20:46 ESV
We should be like the humble servant who doesn’t expect thanks for doing what God has called us to do. We don’t need a pat on the back or a thank you dinner for watching the children while the service is going on. If God commands us to serve the church by waking up at 6 am on a Sunday morning to set us chairs, then we should do with a smile on our faces and caffeine of some sort in our hands.
We just have to remember our Identity as a servant of God…
Jesus is the Master. We are Not Equals.
Jesus expects obedient service.
We have to keep the Attitude of a servant of God…
Service flows from a servants heart.
Humility must be our Hallmark. (a distinguishing characteristic)
True servants care about their Master’s heart.
And something very encouraging to remember…
As servants of God, we will be rewarded!
“ Then the angel said to me, ‘Write this: Blessed are those who are invited to the wedding supper of the Lamb!’ And he added, ‘These are the true words of God.’ “
-Revelation 19:9 NIV
So which one of these two do you relate with? The Strings Attached Pharisee? Or the Humble Servant?