THE SERVANT GENERAL
OUR THEME FOR 2017
PRIVILEGED TO SERVE
Today’s gospel: Luke 17:7-10
What makes for unity in Christ? Three things: holiness, servanthood
and being holy warriors. In the gospel today we look at the
attitude of a servant.
servant, or a slave during the time of Jesus, had no rights.
He had to have total obedience to the master, no matter what.
He was usually given no consideration at all. Not even gratitude
for his service. And so the master would not ask his servant
who was tired from a day’s work in the field to come
join him for supper at table. Rather, he would tell the servant
to serve him his meal. Only after that could the servant himself
seems harsh. But Jesus was just speaking about the reality
of being a servant. No gratitude was required. “Is he
grateful to that servant because he did what was commanded?”
(v.9). He was just fulfilling his duty as a servant. He was
commanded, and so he did his work.
The lesson for us is that we as Jesus’ servants can
make no claims on God’s graciousness. We are not in
a position to expect or demand anything. But how many Christians
who serve, including servant leaders, today no longer act
who sulk when unrecognized.
who cling to power and position.
Those who are envious of fellow servants doing better than
Those who feel overworked compared to others and resent
Notice that these are the very attitudes that lead to disunity
in the body.
What then should be the attitude of a servant?
work without concern for self.
Be grateful for the privilege of serving Christ and brethren.
Never feel entitled to position or reward.
Be willing to go the extra mile.
Rejoice in the good fortune of fellow servants.
Never compete with others.
Embrace the suffering that comes with authentic service
and exult in it.
Notice that these attitudes can never result in conflict with
others and thus division in the body.
should it be with you. When you have done all you have been
commanded, say, ‘We are unprofitable servants; we have
done what we were obliged to do.’” (v.10).