Jesus Said It, Not Me

Published on Jan 4th, 2017 by Pastor Ed Hlad | 0
Jesus Said It, Not Me

Jesus Said It, Not Me Will any 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? 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.’ Luke 17:7-10.

I know that it may seem blatantly obvious to say this but Jesus is tremendously wise. He has our heart nailed in this little story. We relate to the servant and we would hate being treated this way. At the very least it would be nice if the master would recognize our great work in the field and then ask nicely if it would not be too much trouble making dinner. We really don’t mind serving others but we hate being treated like a servant. We don’t mind giving someone a ride to the doctor but when they need to stop at WaWa’s for a coffee then we feel like a personal driver or in other words, a servant. We don’t mind making a meal for someone but when they give the dishes back unwashed it sends us into a tizzy about common courtesy. We love holding the door open for someone but make faces when they walk by and fail to recognize our great sacrifice. Serving others is what Christians do. It was what Jesus did. Being treated like a servant, like Jesus was, is a struggle for us.

But look again at the story. Jesus says we are just like the master. Who doesn’t treat their servant like this? After all, it is their job and their role in life. Everybody recognizes that fact and so if you were to treat a servant any other way you would be a bad master. I love the detail Jesus gives in the story. He shares how the master would expect the servant to dress properly to serve his dinner. Do not come into my dining room with those sheep smelling clothes on. The master expects the servant to show some decorum as he serves the dinner he will not be able to eat until the dishes are done.

Jesus makes a very clear application. If that is how we treat our servants then why do we believe that when we have walked in perfect obedience, as God calls us to do, do we expect an ‘atta boy’”? Giving that person a ride and stopping three or four other places is simply what God would expect of you. Cooking for dinner for those in needs and then doing the dishes afterward is simply serving in the kingdom. The list goes on and on. Teaching Sunday School for 25 years and having no recognition is what we are called to do. Why are you looking for a pat on the back?

It may be how we treat each others but thank the Lord it is not how Jesus treats us. When we serve him he greets us with a huge pat on the back and invites us into his joyful presence. “Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master.” Matt 25:21. Not only does Jesus pat us on the back but he rewards us with greater opportunities to serve and he prepares a place for us to live and invites us to a great banquet.

So what is Jesus trying to teach us with this little story. I believe this story is designed to show us our heart. We, so quickly, take an act of service and make it more about us than about others. We are always looking for how our actions will benefit us. How will this make us look good. What benefit will this be to us? Jesus reminds us that being a servant is who we are. We serve an amazing master but he expects much from us but he then bestows upon us great grace. We did not earn his blessings, because a servant serves, but he gives us grace gifts because of who he is. So take today to serve him by serving others. They may treat you like a servant but God will reward you like a son.

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