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Bondservant

January 14, 2016

Luke 17:7-10

“When a servant comes in from plowing or taking care of sheep, does his master say, ‘Come in and eat with me’? No, he says, ‘Prepare my meal, put on your apron, and serve me while I eat. Then you can eat later.’ 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.’”

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Recently I came across a teaching where this passage was the focal point. I have to be honest it challenged me, and I have to assume some of you may be challenged also.

Our culture and our society has taught us to be above such treatment in the above passage. Many of us are also doing pretty well for ourselves and to think of being treated or spoken to in such a way is offensive.

Why would Jesus say such things? Why would we be referred to as “unworthy servants who have simply done our duty”?

Let’s try look at a few reasons.

  • Pride. When ever we feel challenged from God or His Word, pride is always a great starting point. Pride is so dominant in all of us. It is this pride that causes constant strain and rebellion between man and God. When we feel offended at such a passage we must pinpoint that pride and start asking God to remove it from our thoughts and heart. Are we to high and mighty to be a servant that goes from one chore to the next and gets no credit?
  • Entitlement. We may feel that because of a certain background, skill or gift that we are automatically entitled to be above this. Well, the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords came down from heaven and washed some dirty feet. Then allowed some soldiers to beat Him and nail Him to a cross. Jesus did this out of obedience to His Father, but primarily did this because He loved us and knows how desperate we are for salvation through Him.

The old testament describes two types of servants. One type of servant was among the Hebrew people who could be paid wages, and for lack of a better word, these servants had some wiggle room. The other type of servant was the gentile servant for the Hebrews. They had no right and no pay. The word for this type of servant was used in the new testament. Also known as a bond servant. This is the servant being referred to above, the servant with no rights.

Brothers, we are so lost in our sin. We are so desperate for a loving, caring, God that in His grace and mercy chose to give us life. We do not deserve it in any way. None of us do, none of us is righteous, no not one; the Bible says. All are sinners and all fall short of God’s glorious standard.

So when God chooses us, saves us, redeems us, gives us new life, our whole perspective needs to change. Our minds must be renewed to see that we no longer live for self and self pleasure. We live for Christ. We labor for Christ and we die for Christ.

We must die to our old ways, and old thinking. The Bible teaches us that if we cannot, we are not a follower of Jesus Christ. At best we become a lukewarm hypocrite that pushes people farther from the Gospel of Jesus Christ rather than towards the Gospel.

It is not easy. It cannot be done alone. We need the fellowship of other believers and we need the power and grace of the Holy Spirit.

Grace and Peace

Love Kaaina a Bond Servant of Jesus Christ

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