It’s always important to point out that this assessment—“I am an unworthy servant, just doing my job”—is something we say to ourselves, not to one another (see number six). Nor will the Lord say that to us (number seven).
Six. The servant never hesitates to honor others who serve well.
Why: Because this is what love does.
We must not miss the irony here. We do not seek recognition, but we must be prompt in giving appreciation. I imagine the implication of that would therefore be, we should not value the appreciation when it is given. If we were to do so, we might become too dependent on it. And the servant who needs to be appreciated is setting himself up for disappointment.
Seven. The servant looks to his Master for recognition and reward.
“To his own master a servant stands or falls” (Romans 14:4).
Our Lord has told us what to expect. “Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a few things; I will make you ruler over many” (Matthew 25:41,23).
So many other texts prepare us for the moment when the Lord makes things right. “You will be repaid at the resurrection of the righteous” (Luke 14:14). And, “Henceforth, there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day. And not to me only but to all those who love His appearing” (2 Timothy 4:8).
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