I had my every other week coffee time with Jason Wood today. Always walk away from that time encouraged, challenged and wishing it lasted longer. I know many pastors don’t have someone in their life that challenges and encourages them, I used to be one of them, but it is a sad way to live. But that’s another topic.
Each time, we go through some questions together and one of them is, “What is God teaching you right now?” Jason talked about how he’s reading through the book of Luke and in Luke 17 Jesus talks about his servants and how they lived.
“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.’”
For me, it struck me how as a pastor I expect things from God. I expect God to reward me for hard work, to bless me for the things I’ve done. I just kept thinking of the soup nazi, “No soup for you.” I just felt the Spirit saying, “No party for you.”
Think about it, what are you and I going to say to Jesus that tops, “Well, I died for the sins of the world and rose from the dead?”
There is also the theme in these verses that being a servant doesn’t end. There isn’t a retirement, a time where we slack off. Now, I believe and value my Sabbath and rest. But too many people seem to be lazy about the things God has called them. Jesus gives the idea though, that once something is done, we don’t sit back and talk about the “glory days” but get back to work and keep going, being faithful with what lays ahead.