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The Parable of The Servant’s Duty Made Simple

(Luke 17:7-10)

The Parable of the Servant’s Duty, found in Luke 17:7-10 reads:

 7 And which of you, having a servant plowing or tending sheep, will say to him when he has come in from the field, ‘Come at once and sit down to eat’? 8 But will he not rather say to him, ‘Prepare something for my supper, and gird yourself and serve me till I have eaten and drunk, and afterward you will eat and drink’? 9 Does he thank that servant because he did the things that were commanded him? I think not. 10 So likewise you, when you have done all those things which you are commanded, say, ‘We are unprofitable servants. We have done what was our duty to do.’”

I have to say that out of all the parables, I personally struggle with this one. Perhaps it is rooted in low self esteem. It’s quite okay to have low self esteem for a while, knowing that we are meant to get better and better. I could say I am getting better but there are still remnants of hurt and pain in my life. I’d like to be free to share that.

When I was on top of my addiction to prostitutes, which I had for 20 years, I learned in a teaching what true repentance was and saw the difference between being mournful and sorry for your sin. I had that described to me in a one-hour sermon. And someone took me aside and counseled me for half an hour about true repentance.

He said to me, “Until you’re sorry for raping the girls that you’re sleeping with; until you’re sorry for being someone like their father, taking and abusing these ladies - even though you are paying them, you’re abusing them for having sex with someone who is not your wife; until you’re desperately sorry for what you’re doing to them and for abusing your own flesh; until you’re sorry for wasting your own money and trying to find love in the wrong places; until you’re sorry for abusing God; until you’ve done some deep and personal thought about your abusive addiction; and until you’re truly mournful and sorry in those areas, you will never find repentance, Matthew.”

I thought about that. It only took a week to feel sorry in all those areas. Then one Sunday at church, where we could shout out prayers in the middle of the worship service, I was going to repent for my sins publicly. Then I heard Jesus say, “When you do it, I want you to say that your righteousness is of filthy rags.”

But just like this parable, I had a big problem with saying that my good deeds are filthy rags. I felt that I was essentially a good person. I could never say that I hated that Scripture in the Bible. I wanted to believe that the scripture was wrong. I had a problem with Jeremiah 17:9 too, saying that, “The heart of man is desperately wicked. Who can know it?”

I struggled for some time but finally, I accepted its truth. Yes, I was convinced that even my good doings are filthy rags in God’s sight. So when I prayed my prayer, I really meant it. I said out loud, “My righteousness is of filthy rags.” Immediately God set me free from that addiction. The spirit of lust left me. On Tuesday, when I normally got paid and got tempted, instead of the temptation being 100% strong, something I couldn’t handle, it was only 10% of what it used to be and I couldn’t deny that.

The reason I am sharing this illustration is that I personally had an issue with going to Jesus, sitting down with Him and saying, “I am an unprofitable servant. I only did what was my duty to do.” It was an issue with me. I felt that I was doing a good job for Jesus and I was well pleasing in His sight. He has shown that He really loves me and told me He does. But essentially, when it really comes down to it, without Jesus I’d be going to hell.

Without His cross and His salvation, I’d be lost eternally. As His follower, I am really His servant. John 15 says, “You are My friends if you do whatever I command you.” And although I’m His friend, I’m also His servant. Really, when it comes to it, with all the money in the world, even if I recorded some fantastic albums and wrote best selling books and made millions of dollars with them, even if I gave all the ten million dollars to God, it still wouldn’t repay Him for Jesus’ death on the cross for my salvation. I could never repay Him.

So when I look at it that way, I know that I truly am an unprofitable servant. Although I am the bride of Christ, and a priest, a peculiar person, a new creation, I also got the DNA of Jesus Christ. It wasn’t beneath Jesus Christ to come and serve the lost humanity. It’s not beneath Jesus Christ to serve us and intercede for us now in heaven. So it shouldn’t be beneath me to say that I’m an unprofitable servant. And all I did was what He commanded me to do.

If you too have a problem with this, one way to deal with it is just to consider what higher price Jesus paid for us. Without Him, we wouldn’t even have life. We wouldn’t really have peace. We wouldn’t have eternal home in heaven without tears and suffering. If you consider the great price that Jesus paid and how there’s nothing we could do to earn our salvation, like me, you’ll come to a point where you’ll be able to accept that yes, we were unprofitable. Without Your death on the cross, Jesus, we are still unprofitable.

I originally recorded this on video. I didn’t have it typed up. I said I totally disagree with this parable of Jesus. I think it’s not relevant anymore. God has convicted me because everything Jesus said is relevant. I couldn’t do a parable series and say one of the parables isn’t relevant today and successfully pull it off and have people believe it. It would be like a rotten apple in a bunch of fresh ones.

I suppose that this strikes so close to the bone in my life that it really is saying that I’m unprofitable. There’s nothing good in me. There’s good in me only because of Christ. I can do wonderful things with Christ’s help like writing this book with the help of the Holy Spirit. The friendship of Jesus has taught me these things about the parables. If left to my own devices, I’ll be totally helpless; I am a lost cause without God.

I hope that this has touched you.

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