Luke 17:9: Does he thank the servant because he did what was commanded? (ESV).
Hardwork is praised in the bible, while laziness is frowned at. Jesus said: I must work the work of him who sends me while it is day, the night comes when no man can work (John 9:1-4).
In the focus verse, Jesus was in the process of inculcating into the disciples the right attitude for spiritual service (Luke 17:7-10). He wanted a workforce with the best work ethics, not distracted by selfish consideration, but totally sold out.
He wanted them to see themselves as slaves, not ones with a wrong attitude, but one with a genuine understanding that it is actually a privilege to serve another’s needs.
They were to say: we are unprofitable servants. It means they will not be of any value whatsoever if they were not serving the will of the master, so they rejoice in that and regard themselves as blessed because of the privilege to serve. They were to derive their sense of value, usefulness, from their service, and closeness to the master.
Their mandate is to serve the master, wait on him. They were not to be focused in their own comfort at all. But now in the service of God, many people consider the financial implication, the time implication, and the energy implication, the sacrifice to self-will, entertainment, and ambition and goals, the persecution, the possible social cost, so they draw back from giving all it takes in the service of God.
Or after you make the sacrifice, do you now act as if, somehow, God owe you something, so you serve but you grumble in the process, like the elder brother in the story of the prodigal son (Luke 15:11-32)?
What will you do?
- 22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time (catholicjules.net)
- We’re Wired for More (christianity201.wordpress.com)
- Hearing and Persevering (jonpetts.com)
- The Jesus Model of Service (secretstolife.com)
- Sermon on Matthew 3:1-10: | Lessons from John the Baptist and his ministry (virtualpreacher.org)
- Your Home Base (markconner.typepad.com)
- You Have to Serve Before You Sit – A Homily for the 22nd Sunday of the Year (adw.org)
- Why making disciples is not an optional extra for any Christian (christiantoday.com)