Good-for-Nothing Slaves

“Which one of you having a slave tending sheep or plowing will say to him when he comes in from the field, ‘Come at once and sit down to eat’? Instead, will he not tell him, ‘Prepare something for me to eat, get ready,and serve me while I eat and drink; later you can eat and drink’? Does he thank that slave because he did what was commanded? In the same way, when you have done all that you were commanded, you should say, ‘We are good-for-nothing slaves; we’ve only done our duty.’” –Luke 17:7-10

I came across this passage last week; and verse 10 really stuck out to me. “In the same way, when you have done all that you were commanded, you should say, ‘We are good-for-nothing slaves; we’ve only done our duty.’” That’s exactly how we should be in our walk with Yeshua. We are to do what He commands because we are His slaves…it is our duty. It’s not about working to earn salvation, righteousness, or anything else. It is our duty. When we have received the free gift of salvation through the Messiah’s shed blood, we then become a new creation (2 Corinthians 5:17). Sin no longer rules over us, because we are not under the law but under grace (Romans 6:14).

But wait you say…weren’t you just talking about following the commands of Yahweh and then you just totally switched trains and now it’s all about grace? Absolutely not…because if you keep reading the rest of Romans 6 you will be amazed with sudden clarity. Keep reading…

“What then? Should we sin because we are not under law but under grace? Absolutely not! Don’t you know that if you offer yourselves to someone as obedient slaves, you are slaves of that one you obey—either of sin leading to death or of obedience leading to righteousness? But thank God that, although you used to be slaves of sin, you obeyed from the heart that pattern of teaching you were transferred to, and having been liberated from sin, you became enslaved to righteousness. I am using a human analogy because of the weakness of your flesh. For just as you offered the parts of yourselves as slaves to moral impurity, and to greater and greater lawlessness, so now offer them as slaves to righteousness, which results in sanctification. For when you were slaves of sin, you were free from allegiance to righteousness. So what fruit was produced then from the things you are now ashamed of? For the end of those things is death. But now, since you have been liberated from sin and have become enslaved to God, you have your fruit, which results in sanctification—and the end is eternal life! For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord (Romans 6:15-23).

Saved by grace through faith for good works (Ephesians 2:8-10)…to take on Yeshua’s ways, follow His commands, and walk as He walked (1 John 2:3-6).

How can a young man keep his way pure? By keeping Your word. I have sought You with all my heart; don’t let me wander from Your commands. –Psalm 119:9-10

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