Are we unprofitable servants?
In Romans 1:1 and II Peter 1:1, Paul and Peter both unashamedly stated that they were servants of Christ.
Paul, a servant of Christ Jesus, called to be an apostle and set apart for the gospel of God—We are also His friends:
Simon Peter, a servant and apostle of Jesus Christ, To those who through the righteousness of our God and Savior Jesus Christ have received a faith as precious as ours:
I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you. (John 15:15)In Galatians 4:7, Paul tells us:
So you are no longer a slave, but God’s child; and since you are his child, God has made you also an heir.And then coming full circle, Paul notes this:
Don’t you know that when you offer yourselves to someone as obedient slaves, you are slaves of the one you obey—whether you are slaves to sin, which leads to death, or to obedience, which leads to righteousness? (Romans 6:16)Since we are called to obey Him, perhaps we had better refresh our memories of what it is that we are called to do!
First, we are to love God and those around us, as in Matthew 22: 37-39:
Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’
And then, to love our brothers and sisters in Christ:
“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. (John 13:34)
As Christians, we have the truth right in front of us --- God's Word. All we need to do is follow its instructions and obey our Father . . . all the rest will fall into place.