12. A Servant’s Duty
How the Gospel of God’s
Kingdom Works In Us
The Parable of A Servant’s Duty
(Only in Luke 17:7-10).
Watch the 3 minute animated video here.
The text of the message, with scriptures, follows the video.
All of Jesus’ parables speak to something different This one speaks to being a servant, even though we also know that Jesus calls us ‘friends,’ which is a very close, intimate term of relatedness to him.
Jesus calls us friends, and this is how he sees us. But Jesus was also the servant of all, and this is the way we should think of ourselves too. Jesus says a servant is not greater than his Master, and we should do whatever we are told to do. This is also the mark of discipleship that we discussed earlier
We cannot merit salvation by serving God. This is a free gift he gives: absolute, total assurance of salvation (this is the first of gospel coaching session, and is available on the home page. But once we become a servant, we must view ourselves as that.
The servant in this parable was just doing his duty, even though he was tired. But we are told that the commands of Jesus are not burdensome on us, and his command to believe the gospel blesses us.
The Bible refers to us as BOND-servants. This is a servant by choice. This is a person who desires to be a servant to someone. This is how God views us. The parable says we are unprofitable or unworthy. This is speaking of our flesh — of self. We have no worth or honor in ourselves.
But we do have honor given us by God
because we are his kids (John 5:44).
This is the honor we receive when we declare
we are BOND-servants, and choose to serve
God in love.
This is the unction the gospel gives us.
God is love, and we only love
because we are first loved (I John 4:17).
God’s love constrains us and even motivates us
to do what we should do (II Cor 5:14).
As Jesus friends, we have the duty, at the very least, to believe what he tells us to believe. After all, Jesus is God in human flesh, and he does have rank over us, even if he doesn’t pull it.
The Father told Moses he’d require us to believe his Prophet’s words.
At the very least, we should believe his gospel!
This is what trust, love and friendship is all about!
Remember: my purpose is not to totally discuss each parable. It is to only
show the gospel in each parable, and how it practically impacts us.
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