Luke 17:7-10 Reflection: Unprofitable Servants

A reading from the gospel according to Luke 17:7-10

Jesus said to the Apostles:
7 “Who among you would say to your servant who has just come in from plowing or tending sheep in the field, ‘Come here immediately and take your place at table’?
8 Would he not rather say to him, ‘Prepare something for me to eat. Put on your apron and wait on me while I eat and drink. You may eat and drink when I am finished’?
9 Is he grateful to that servant because he did what was commanded?
10 So should it be with you. When you have done all you have been commanded, say, ‘We are unprofitable servants; we have done what we were obliged to do.’”

Reflection: Servants

There is something in each one of us that always seeks the attention of other people especially from our parents, bosses and other elders. We want others to look up to us, to praise us and say thank you for our works and achievements. That is why many of us desire so much to become achievers by any means. Some go to the extent of becoming sycophants or even criminals. Others work so hard, honestly perhaps but very competitively that they have less and less time for God and family.

Jesus is reminding us that we must live and work as servants of God. In whatever we do, we must put God first, that all praises, honors, and thanksgiving must be given to God for He alone is the source of all things that is good. In reality, we are nothing without Him and all that we have including our time, talent and treasures come from Him.

As servants of God, we do what we are told to do without complaints and without any expectation of receiving compliments from men. We serve to please God, not men. We live by His truths, standards and morals. Yet in reality, we displease Him every now and then by our constant self-idolatry. We often seek and serve first ourselves and forget to serve Him and others. That is why we are “unprofitable servants” – unworthy to even receive any compensation.

Yet we know that God is gracious, merciful and generous. He has sent His only Son Jesus Christ to show us what servant leadership is all about. In Jesus, we see the ultimate model on how to please God. May we all look up to Him for guidance and ask Him to help us become like Him. Amen.

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