Luke 17:7-10 "But which of you, having a servant plowing or feeding cattle, will say unto him by and by, when he has come from the field, Go and sit down to food? And will not rather say unto him, Make ready wherewith I may sup, and gird yourself, and serve me, till I have eaten and drunken; and afterward you shall eat and drink? Does he thank that servant because he did the things that were commanded him? I think not not. So likewise all of you, when all of you shall have done all those things which are commanded you, say, We are useless servants: we have done that which was our duty to do."
In this Parable that Jesus told, a servant came in from working in the field and when he did Jesus pointed out that as a servant, he can’t just come in from the field and expect that his day is over, no, he has to continue to serve his master until the day is done.
Jesus said that this servant shouldn’t expect to be congratulated or even thanked. Why? Because it’s his duty to serve his master and Jesus also pointed out that once he’s done with everything that his master wanted him to do, he doesn’t have the right to say "Why haven’t I gotten some thanks or appreciation for this?" He can only say "This is what I’m expected to do. This is my duty.”
Through this parable, Jesus pointed out an obvious fact in their society. The duty of the servant toward his master was common knowledge. You see, in the parable, the servant has been working hard all day and in our pampered society we think that he’s entitled to take break, sit back with a cold one, put his aching feet up and watch the game.
But, in Jesus' society the servant's day wasn't over when he came in from the field…because the Master hadn’t eaten yet. So the servant still had to serve his master dinner and once all of his duties were done, then and only then could he eat and rest.
So, Jesus pointed how the master-servant relationship worked in His day, but aren’t you glad God isn’t that type of Master? God is a kind and loving Master Who puts the needs of His servants above His own.
Jesus said in Luke 12:37 "Blessed are those servants, whom the lord when he comes shall find watching: verily I say unto you, that he shall gird himself, and make them to sit down to food, and will come forth and serve them."
Oh, that’s my Jesus! My Jesus is a Master Who will sit His servants down and will serve them at the end of the day! He is a Master Who girds Himself in a servant's towel to wash their dirty feet. That's the kind of Master that we serve! But, as He pointed out, that’s not the way that the world's masters treat their servants. In the world the master would never serve the servant! The worldly master would never think to congratulate or reward his servants for doing that which they were expected to do.
The servant in the parable understood the relationship he had with his master and he knew that he had no right to complain. He was there to serve his master until EVERYTHING was done and the master doesn’t thank the servant and the servant doesn’t expect to be thanked.
The truth is that even if we could serve God perfectly and even if we could obey the commands of God perfectly and even if we sacrificed everything to serve Him and we've out-served all others in the Kingdom of God, at the end of the day, all we could say is “I’ve simply done my duty.”
BRATS, it's not only our duty to serve Jesus Christ, but it's also our privilege! Let's serve Him with everything we've got! For in the Kingdom of God, the least shall be greatest and the greatest shall be least.
GO BLESS, BRATS!