Read Luke 17: 7-10
Servants have busied themselves all day at their Master’s command. Evening and dinner hour approaches and they are called inside to attend to His dinner table. This will be before they take a rest or feed themselves at the end of their industrious day. In this parable Jesus put appropriate words into their mouths:
10. 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.
Unprofitable. The Almighty gains nothing from our input. All the cattle of a thousand hills are his. See Psalm 50: 7-15. We must stop wasting time kissing ourselves over the inconvenience of some small service or gift in His Name. Calvary dwarfs it all. Gethsemane dwarfs it all. The healing of the demoniac dwarfs it all. The widow’s mite dwarfs it all.
But we receive these instructions? Do unto the least of these my little ones. Go ye into all the world and preach. Give and it shall be given unto you. I believe that these are all preparation, growth in God-likeness and sympathy with His agenda. He is developing partners who shall ebb and flow in service as a corporate entity. Forget the little chestnuts of each individual and the peg-board for all the blue stars of “well done”. Read again 1 Corinthians 12 about His Body as a collective.
The rewards, in the main, come later. Presently love must compel us to till the field and spread the board. Unselfishness. Lowliness. Yokefellow. Remember those words, would you.