Luke 17:1–10 (ESV)
1 And he said to his disciples, “Temptations to sin are sure to come, but woe to the one through whom they come! 2 It would be better for him if a millstone were hung around his neck and he were cast into the sea than that he should cause one of these little ones to sin. 3 Pay attention to yourselves! If your brother sins, rebuke him, and if he repents, forgive him, 4 and if he sins against you seven times in the day, and turns to you seven times, saying, ‘I repent,’ you must forgive him.”
5 The apostles said to the Lord, “Increase our faith!” 6 And the Lord said, “If you had faith like a grain of mustard seed, you could say to this mulberry tree, ‘Be uprooted and planted in the sea,’ and it would obey you.
7 “Will any one of you who has a servant plowing or keeping sheep say to him when he has come in from the field, ‘Come at once and recline at table’? 8 Will he not rather say to him, ‘Prepare supper for me, and dress properly, and serve me while I eat and drink, and afterward you will eat and drink’? 9 Does he thank the servant because he did what was commanded? 10 So you also, when you have done all that you were commanded, say, ‘We are unworthy servants; we have only done what was our duty.’”
- Reflection Questions
- Luke 17:1-3
- According to this passage, in what three specific ways am I responsible towards others?
- How seriously have I approached each of these relational responsibilities?
- What is the standard of forgiveness for Christians?
- How forgiving am I?
- Reflect on Jesus’ description of the proper attitude of a servant. Are there times when, after a period of working hard in some area of service, I find myself having a sense of entitlement toward rest or appreciation?
- How fresh is my sense of privilege toward my role as an “unworthy servant”?