In Luke 17, verses 7 through 10, Jesus tells us, “When a servant comes in from plowing or taking care of sheep, does his master say, ‘Come in and eat with me? No, he says, ‘Prepare my meal, put on your apron, and serve me while I eat. Then you can eat later.’ And does the master thank the servant for doing what he was told to do? Of course not. In the same way, when you obey me you should say, ‘We are unworthy servants who have simply done our duty.”
These verses and the preceding verse about faith that I wrote about in a prior blog follow a question by Jesus’ disciples to him about how to increase their faith. I read these verses and honestly I identified with the phrase that Jesus uses here, ‘unworthy servants’.
I feel like I fall short every single day in terms of my duty to Jesus and God. I remember how we are told that ‘the spirit is willing but the flesh is weak’ and I can certainly relate to that. Every day I feel like I give in to temptation and fail God and Christ in one way or another, usually in multiple ways.
So I read these verses above with a sense of relief, to know that Christ already knows and understands that we are all unworthy, and we are all trying to do our duty to him and God, even though many times we fail.
Jesus sounds rather stern in these verses but when I interacted with him using a legal substance I found him to be made of unconditional love to an extent that it is impossible to put into words. I interacted with him as the consciousness of the Sun, our star, and I realized during these interactions that it was this great love that allowed him to come here and to incarnate as human to bring us the message of Salvation through repentance and forgiveness of sin.
It is also from the well of his deep love for us that he can forgive us our many transgressions, and heal those dark places in our soul that sin leaves behind, purifying them to be like new. If we accept him as our Savior he will come into our lives and redirect our path, away from things which create distance between us and God, and toward a more spiritual and righteous existence. We will always be unworthy servants, but to have Salvation and to have Christ at the helm of our lives is a gift and a testament to God’s incredible grace.
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