The Parable of the Unworthy Servant

The Parable of the Unworthy Servant

Series: Life Lessons: The Parables of Jesus

July 18, 2021

Speaker: Bob Dean

Luke 17:7-10


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Luke 17:7–10

7 “Suppose one of you had a servant plowing or looking after the sheep. Would he say to the servant when he comes in from the field, ‘Come along now and sit down to eat’? 8 Would he not rather say, ‘Prepare my supper, get yourself ready and wait on me while I eat and drink; after that you may eat and drink’? 9 Would he thank the servant because he did what he was told to do? 10 So you also, when you have done everything you were told to do, should say, ‘We are unworthy servants; we have only done our duty.’ ”


  1. A servant is 100% available to Jesus (v. 7)

Genesis 2:15 (NIV)

     “A primary purpose of work is to develop character. While the carpenter is building a house, the house is also building the carpenter.” --Howard Dayton


Philippians 1:6 (NIV)

     “Love so amazing, so divine, demands my soul, my life, my all.” -- Isaac Watts


Luke 17:8



  1. The longer he serves, the more focused he is on Jesus (v. 8)

Luke 10:41–42


Mark 3:14


Luke 17:9



  1. A servant serves with no thought of reward.


     Thanks “would not refer to a verbal expression of gratitude or social politeness, but to placing the master in debt to the” servant.  --Joel Greene (NICNT)


     “When he has completed these tasks, the master does not believe himself to be subservient because of the servant’s obedience.” Virtus Gideon (BSC)

Luke 17:10



  1. A servant knows Jesus alone is worthy.

John 1:27


Hebrews 3:3


Revelation 5:12 


Luke 12:37 (NIV84)

37 It will be good for those servants whose master finds them watching when he comes. I tell you the truth, he will dress himself to serve, will have them recline at the table and will come and wait on them.


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