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How You Should See Yourself

How You Should See Yourself

Luke 17:7–10
7 “Which of you, having a slave plowing or tending sheep, will say to him when he has come in from the field, ‘Come immediately and sit down to eat’?
8 “But will he not say to him, ‘Prepare something for me to eat, and properly clothe yourself and serve me while I eat and drink; and afterward you may eat and drink’?
9 “He does not thank the slave because he did the things which were commanded, does he?
10 “So you too, when you do all the things which are commanded you, say, ‘We are unworthy slaves; we have done only that which we ought to have done.’ ”

2002 Trip to Saratov – 3rd or 4th day, tea instead of coffee
Women in church kitchen mad b/c someone brought in food and left
How to have more faith
Lk 17:4–6 “And if he sins against you seven times a day, and returns to you seven times, saying, ‘I repent,’ forgive him.” 5The apostles said to the Lord, “Increase our faith!” 6And the Lord said, “If you had faith like a mustard seed, you would say to this mulberry tree, ‘Be uprooted and be planted in the sea’; and it would obey you.

I. Jesus Modeled This Attitude
A. Not God’s attitude toward us
1. Jn 15:15 “No longer do I call you slaves, for the slave does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all things that I have heard from My Father I have made known to you.
2. Not because God wants to Lord it over you – b/c it’s good for you
B. Jesus took attitude of a bond-slave
1. Php 2:5–11
2. Lk 12:36–37
C. This is how we must look at ourselves
1. Not how God treats us
2. Not how we should look at others

II. I Am Here to Do the Hard Work
A. 7 “Which of you, having a slave plowing or tending sheep, will say to him when he has come in from the field, ‘Come immediately and sit down to eat’?
B. Lk 12:42–48
1. Servant thinks he can act like owner – please himself
a. Mistreat others
2. More ability, opportunity, responsibility = greater expectation

III. I Make The Master’s Life Easier
A. 8 “But will he not say to him, ‘Prepare something for me to eat, and properly clothe yourself and serve me while I eat and drink; and afterward you may eat and drink’?
B. God always comes first
C. What does the slave give up?
1. Feeling of importance
2. Freedom
3. Entitlement to best portions

IV. I Am Entitled to No Credit
A. 9 “He does not thank the slave because he did the things which were commanded, does he?
B. Lk 6:20–26
1. Our reward comes later
2. Be satisfied w/ difficulty now

V. I Am Unworthy
A. 10 “So you too, when you do all the things which are commanded you, say, ‘We are unworthy slaves; we have done only that which we ought to have done.’ ”
B. Lk 14:8–11

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