Summary: A sermon examining our service to The Lord.

Unworthy Servants

Luke 17:7-10

I heard a story of a man who had served many years in prison. In the past he had been a thief, a drug abuser, an alcoholic and a very violent man. He served over 20 years in prison and was released. He went back to his home town and tried to start a new life. But he couldn’t get a job because of his past. He couldn’t afford a car or place to live because he couldn’t find a job. He was in a bad place and even contemplating getting thrown back in jail just so he could have a roof over his head and get fed 3 times a day. But when he was at this point of desperation he encountered a farmer and they began to talk. After hearing the ex-con’s story the farmer offered him a job and a place to stay. He worked for the farmer and his work took care of his room and board….But there were some expectations. In order to live on the farm and to receive his meals, the former convict had to bail hay, milk cows, feed chickens mend fences and many other things that the farmer required of him. If he didn’t do these things, he would be homeless and hungry again.

Background: In the verses we have read today we witness as Jesus tells the story of a master and his servant. The master sent the servant out to plow the field and feed the cattle.Then when he comes in from the field the master demands that the servant put on an apron and prepare his supper. Jesus tells His disciples that the master would not even thank the servant…. because the servant was simply doing his job.

The people of the entitlement society we live in today would have a fit in that type of environment. They would have already called the ACLU, The Department of Labor and a Union representative. We live in a day where people want and EXPECT everything to be handed to them. They want food, houses, cars, clothes, healthcare and much more but they don’t want a job. Then (in many cases) the government provides them with: Food, Houses, Cell Phones, Internet access, Healthcare. Don’t get me wrong there are many people out there who are in bad situations and NEED help… but there are a lot of people who are just abusing the system! These types of people don’t say “I need such and such”, they say “I deserve such and such”

Unfortunately the entitlement mindset has carried over into the church. Somewhere along the way we got the idea that “church is about us …Friend, nothing could be farther from the truth. People (in the church) want to be noticed, They want recognition, They want to be in the spotlight, And they will do whatever it takes to get these things

But what happens: When these people don’t get the attention that they seek...When they are not asked to be the lead in the choir special.... When they are not chosen to teach a class...When someone else is put on a certain committee ...When their name is not in the bulletin for the world to see ...When they don’t get the complements that they seek... When these things don’t happen THINGS GET UGLY!! ...WHAT HAPPENS THEN????? T-R-O-U-B-L-E!!!!

If you have been around church for any amount of time you are thinking of someone right now who fits that description! ( I can think of many… not from this church of course) We used to have a coach in high school who would often look at us boys and say “KNOW YOUR ROLE”!!! Sometimes in the Christian life we need to be reminded what our role is, that is what I would like to look at today.

I want to look at the servant that Jesus speaks of here in Luke 17 and see what our “role” is. Join me as we preach on the subject “Unworthy Servants”

"Servant" in the Greek is the word- {doulos} which means bondslave. In some instances throughout the New Testament it means {diakonos} which speaks of (deacon or minister)Both speak of one who is his master's purchased property. One who was purchased to serve his master's needs. He is expected to be at the master’s beck and call every moment of every day. The slave's sole purpose is to do as he is told.

Jesus is the Master and we are His slaves - 1 Corinthians 6:19 … ye are not your own? 20 For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's.

At the end of the day we are simply “Unworthy Servants” and we will see that that in itself is a tremendous honor. Let’s see a few things about the role of an “Unworthy Servant” first of all:

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Steve Shepherd

commented on Feb 28, 2014

Brother Kevin, Your sermon on unworthy servants is excellent. The Lord be praised. God bless you.

Kevin L. Jones

commented on Feb 28, 2014

Thanks so much Bro. Steve! It is an honor to be an "Unworthy Servant" for sure. God bless you and your ministry.

Michael Barber

commented on Oct 8, 2016

I came across this message today, and was humbled. Thanks for sharing. I have gained some helpful insights as I prepare to preach on this text to my congregation.

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