“Suppose one of you has a servant plowing or looking after the sheep. Will he say to the servant when he comes in from the field, ‘Come along now and sit down to eat’? Won’t he rather say, ‘Prepare my supper, get yourself ready and wait on me while I eat and drink; after that you may eat and drink’? Will he thank the servant because he did what he was told to do? 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.’” Luke 17:7-10
Jesus has equipped us to make a difference.
The passage we explore today is about our opportunity to serve. It is not a chore. It is a gift. We get to use the talents He has given us to be a part of adding to His Kingdom.
Have you ever seen the joy on the face of a builder after he has received an award for the most beautiful exterior of a home he built? What smiles can compare to the student who holds a diploma in his hand after carving his college career out of stone? Does the team that just won the national soccer competition complain about the hours of practice, sweat in the sun, learning the best strategies? Do they look for thanks? No, they look to give it to the ones who made it possible. There is so much excitement in the win that there is no mention of the task.
Working in God’s Kingdom can be like that. He has equipped us to win! One day we will grasp the full scope of the fact that we weren’t really worthy to get to be a part of that eternal win. There will be so much joy in the opportunity that we won’t look for thanks. We will look at how we can give it! We probably won’t have the words, but we will probably have the tears of gratitude. All we will be able to see is that we got to use our gifts to be on the winning team.