John Wesley and Me

March 10, 2006

Does he thank that servant…(Luke 17:7-10)

Filed under: Biblical Reflection — David Jackson @ 2:30 pm

But who is there among you, having a servant plowing or keeping sheep, that will say, when he comes in from the field, ‘Come immediately and sit down at the table,’ and will not rather tell him, ‘Prepare my supper, clothe yourself properly, and serve me, while I eat and drink. Afterward you shall eat and drink’?

Does he thank that servant
because he did the things that were commanded?
 I Think not.

Even so you also, when you have done
all the things that are commanded you, say,
‘We are unworthy servants. We have done our duty.’”
Luke 17:7-10(WEB)

This is one of those passages that I find a little troubling for a couple of reasons.

For instance, it seems to contradict those who say, that the way to increase our reward in heaven is do the things God commands, i.e. “break bread the with hungry”,”cloth the naked”, “take in the homeless(or aleast built a homeless shelter long as it’s on theother side of town of course). Can we really expect to recieve a greater reward or any reward for doing what is expected of us?

Then there is the question what would happen to the servant(s) who fails to do “all the things that are commanded ” of the them?


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