Unprofitable Servants

January 4, 2015 Series: Faithful Servants

Topic: Sunday Morning Passage: Luke 17:7–17:10

Unprofitable Servants

We are unprofitable servants in the mansion of the gracious king.

1. Learning our place – we are unworthy servants.

“Will any one of you who has a servant plowing or keeping sheep say to him when he has come in from the field, ‘Come at once and recline at table’? Will he not rather say to him, ‘Prepare supper for me, and dress properly, and serve me while I eat and drink, and afterward you will eat and drink’? Does he thank the servant because he did what was commanded?

We add nothing to the master – he graciously allows us to work.

Downton Abbey – Thomas v. Bates

Do you think you are a Christian because of something valuable about you? His love is the greatest good you will ever do. Will you be sullen by looking at everyone else and what they have and how you think they are being treated, or will you be amazed by God’s grace to you? Who do you think you are?

2. Receiving His Grace – we have only done our duty

So you also, when you have done all that you were commanded, say, ‘We are unworthy servants; we have only done what was our duty.’”

See the impossibility of earning anything?

3. Serving with Joy

Once we understand who we are, it changes the way we serve, and it changes the way we see him. We serve for him instead of serving for ourselves.

We live in a state of being constantly amazed by his grace.

“Will any one of you who has a servant plowing or keeping sheep say to him when he has come in from the field, ‘Come at once and recline at table’? Will he not rather say to him, ‘Prepare supper for me, and dress properly, and serve me while I eat and drink, and afterward you will eat and drink’? Does he thank the servant because he did what was commanded?

Yes he thanks us – every glass of water will be rewarded in heaven.

Yes he prepares a place for us. In my Fathers house there are many rooms.

Yes he serves us – he washes our feet.

Yes he is actually the one who gives to us. He gives us his son.

Isn’t it amazing you get to serve a God like this?

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