There are so many people who seem to be tireless in their service of others; so many who labor for years in service to our Lord. Other people do a few things and feel that they have done their share, and then they go home…
When have we done enough to serve God?
Jesus spoke about this several times, but the one that really got my attention is found in Luke 17:7-10 where Jesus asks a question about servants. To paraphrase, He says ‘Suppose you had a servant who worked all day long in the fields and then comes in after his work; would you tell him to sit down and take a load off?’ (remember, this is a paraphrase) ‘No’ Jesus goes on, ‘you’d tell him to get your dinner ready, get ready to wait on you and then he can have his dinner.’ Here’s the question:
“Would he thank the servant because he did what he was told to do?” (v. 9)
Jesus was taking a pretty tough line here to demonstrate the answer to the question I lead the post with… how much is enough?
We are called as God’s servants to serve others, and there may not be a point in time when we can just say we’ve done enough. That servant who worked in the fields all day long was probably tired, hungry and thirsty, but his job was to serve, and so he had to make the Master’s dinner and wait on him before the day was finished.
The last verse in this parable is the application:
“So you also, when you have done everything you were told to do, should say, ‘We are unworthy servants; we have only done our duty.’”
Here we are, the Lord’s servants, and we have a job to do. Take the Gospel to those who need to hear it, bring them into relationship with Jesus Christ, teach them to be disciples, and lead them to live their lives as Jesus lived: as a servant. When we look around us, it is quite evident that there are still millions who need to hear about Jesus, who need to learn to be His disciples, and who need to be serving.
The good news is that there is still work to do, so let’s get moving!
The great news is that when we are finished and the Lord calls us home, we will have done our duty, and we will hear the only praise that we will ever need to hear: “Well done, good and faithful servant.”