Summary: A sermon examining our service to The Lord.
I heard a story of a man who had served many years in prison. In the past he had been a thief, a drug abuser, an alcoholic and a very violent man. He served over 20 years in prison and was released. He went back to his home town and tried to start a new life. But he couldn’t get a job because of his past. He couldn’t afford a car or place to live because he couldn’t find a job. He was in a bad place and even contemplating getting thrown back in jail just so he could have a roof over his head and get fed 3 times a day. But when he was at this point of desperation he encountered a farmer and they began to talk. After hearing the ex-con’s story the farmer offered him a job and a place to stay. He worked for the farmer and his work took care of his room and board….But there were some expectations. In order to live on the farm and to receive his meals, the former convict had to bail hay, milk cows, feed chickens mend fences and many other things that the farmer required of him. If he didn’t do these things, he would be homeless and hungry again.
Background: In the verses we have read today we witness as Jesus tells the story of a master and his servant. The master sent the servant out to plow the field and feed the cattle.Then when he comes in from the field the master demands that the servant put on an apron and prepare his supper. Jesus tells His disciples that the master would not even thank the servant…. because the servant was simply doing his job.
The people of the entitlement society we live in today would have a fit in that type of environment. They would have already called the ACLU, The Department of Labor and a Union representative. We live in a day where people want and EXPECT everything to be handed to them. They want food, houses, cars, clothes, healthcare and much more but they don’t want a job. Then (in many cases) the government provides them with: Food, Houses, Cell Phones, Internet access, Healthcare. Don’t get me wrong there are many people out there who are in bad situations and NEED help… but there are a lot of people who are just abusing the system! These types of people don’t say “I need such and such”, they say “I deserve such and such”
Unfortunately the entitlement mindset has carried over into the church. Somewhere along the way we got the idea that “church is about us …Friend, nothing could be farther from the truth. People (in the church) want to be noticed, They want recognition, They want to be in the spotlight, And they will do whatever it takes to get these things
But what happens: When these people don’t get the attention that they seek...When they are not asked to be the lead in the choir special.... When they are not chosen to teach a class...When someone else is put on a certain committee ...When their name is not in the bulletin for the world to see ...When they don’t get the complements that they seek... When these things don’t happen THINGS GET UGLY!! ...WHAT HAPPENS THEN????? T-R-O-U-B-L-E!!!!