NOT FOR PROFIT? (2)
WISDOM FOR TODAY.
NOT FOR PROFIT? (2)
Luke 17: 7-10
v7.*But which of you, having a servant plowing or feeding cattle, will say unto him by and by, when he is come from the field, Go and sit down to meat?*
v8 And will not rather say unto him, Make ready wherewith I may sup, and gird thyself, and serve me, till I have eaten and drunken; and afterward thou shalt eat and drink?
v9 Doth, he thank that servant because he did the things that were commanded him? I trow not.
v10 So likewise ye, when ye shall have done all those things which are commanded you, say, We are unprofitable servants: we have done that which was our duty to do.
Insight and Highlight.
Only Christ has the sovereign and exclusive power to reward. In a master-worker relationship, a man, if employed, must be adequately rewarded.
Yesterday, we looked at the parable from the point of Christ as sovereign.
We see in this parable the power of Jesus' sovereignty. He is not a prisoner of His mercy, rewards, etc. He does as He pleases.
Today, we will look at this parable from the point of a master-servant relationship.
This parable was not spoken by Jesus to encourage masters to shy away from rewarding a diligent servant who has done as he was commanded.
No master should see himself as sovereign as Jesus was in this parable.
No master is sovereign. Every master is commanded by God and is expected to do as Christ has said.
Colossians 4:1 Masters, give unto your servants that which is just and equal; knowing that ye also have a Master in heaven.
While the parable is suggesting that what we do or not do will neither increase nor decrease God, it is expected for mankind to always know that they are not sovereign and therefore should treat people just as fairly as they expect others to treat them.
Matthew 7:12 says “In everything, do to others what you would have them do to you. . . .”
Luke 6:31 says, "Do unto others as you would like them to do to you."
Some of us may fall into the error of believing that this parable teaches us in a master-servant relationship that as long as a servant has done what is commanded him to do, there is nothing appreciative left to do for him.
This is not Jesus' teaching.
Matthew 22:39 tells us, And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself."
Your servant/worker is not at your mercy as we are under Christ.
He deserves wages and rewards for his hard earned labor.
Leviticus 25:43: You are not to rule over them harshly, but you shall fear your God.
As a master, do not take the place of God.
Encourage someone today.
Do not let him see himself as worthless or useless or unprofitable.
It is not an option of whether or not to reward your worker.
It is a Godly command, and man must obey. A master is not God who can do as He pleases.
Call to Word action.
Leviticus 19:13 Thou shalt not defraud thy neighbour, neither rob him: the wages of him that is hired shall not abide with thee all night until the morning.
The Christian clarion duty.
Ephesians 6:9 And masters, do the same for your slaves. Give up your use of threats, because you know that He who is both their Master and yours is in heaven, and there is no favoritism with Him.
Lord, help me to treat others the way l want to be treated, in Jesus name.
Good morning all , and have a blessed day today.
God bless you.