“Will any one 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.’”
Comment: In this hedonistic day when we all demand and expect our rights this seems as if maybe it should be stricken from scripture. Surely God can’t be like that. It is a pity that we aren’t sitting on a hillside in Galilee when Jesus says this but with, I hope, holy imagination I can see the following.
- It is talking about our relationship to God.
- The point is commitment, without complaining in service of the Master.
- Appropriately do whatever you are asked in service of the master. I say appropriately because the servant was challenged to dress properly for table service.
- Don’t think you’re great but be a humble servant.
- In the middle I see that the servant is cared for – he has his personal needs met after he does his duty.
- We are always to be God’s servants even in the midst of all the duties of daily living.
Prayer: Seems tough my Father but when I think about it reasonable for You are God and I am your ‘doulos’. (Doulos is translated slave.)