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Nibble of Bread : Unworthy Servants

October 4, 2012

Luke 17 : 7-10

7 “When a servant comes in from plowing or taking care of sheep, does his master say, ‘Come in and eat with me’? 8 No, he says, ‘Prepare my meal, put on your apron, and serve me while I eat. Then you can eat later.’ 9 And does the master thank the servant for doing what he was told to do? Of course not. 10 In the same way, when you obey me you should say, ‘We are unworthy servants who have simply done our duty.’”

This verse really shook me this morning. In all honesty I was actually offended, and hurt when I first read it. I did a little research and found these points to this verse from Bible teacher Albert Barnes.

  • God does not need our help. And God’s happiness is not dependant on our efforts.
  • God’s grace comes from His will alone, and all praise is due to Him alone.
  • Everything that we serve God with is speckled with imperfections, shortcomings and failures. None of us are living up to our full potential in Christ. We are all extremely far from the example set for us by Jesus Christ. So when we are saved and rewarded it is by God’s mercy to our unrighteousness, so that our sins will be wiped clean.

God really humbled my heart, and made me realize how the devil has really done a number on even the heart of believers. We live in a world that preaches, we deserve better, we deserve to be treated better, or we deserve our way and our right. But what this kind of mindset actually does is allows us to think we deserve something from God. We were created out of the dust of the earth (Gen.2:7), in other words we are made from dirt. We have so many imperfections and sin in our hearts that we truly don’t deserve anything from God. But because of His great unfailing love, mercy and grace, God has made a way for us to find salvation. But! We are here for a purpose. We are here to proclaim His name, we are here to show God’s love, mercy and grace. We all can start with how we live, talk, react and act. But! Then we must remember even good earthly people can have the door of salvation slammed in their face. We must live Jesus. Jesus is the cornerstone. Jesus is Everything. Without Jesus we are still pieces of dirt and dust that have no way to be redeemed and set free into God’s glorious presence.

 

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