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– We are unprofitable servants.  We have done that which was our duty to do. – Luke 17:10

– And turn ye not aside; for then should ye go after vain things which cannot profit nor deliver; for they are vain. – 1 Samuel 12:21

Most people who have jobs probably like and enjoy receiving small tokens of appreciation from time to time for their good work.  Every now and then, it is also nice to receive some raises, bonuses, and an occasional promotion.  Otherwise, who would ever want to keep working for any company that never noticed the efforts of those who worked for them?

Being unappreciated can cause some to start seeking new jobs elsewhere – maybe a different place where supervisors are known to openly show their gratitude for work well done on a regular basis.  Efforts usually feel much more worthwhile when tangible rewards are given.  However, such desires in any Christian doing work for God reveal a dangerous and worldly mind.  

A mind where believers expect recognition, love gifts, and follow after earthly reward or profit for all they do in the Lord’s name.  It is no different now than it was back in Biblical days (Hosea 9:1, Isaiah 1:23, Malachi 3:14).  However, we don’t do a little bit of work for God, then sit back and wait for blessings and rewards before going out to work some more (Luke 17:7-10).

All of the work we do for God is our reward.  It is not a means to get one.  It is reckoned of debt, not grace (Romans 4:4).  We’re to do our duty as commanded. Not for what we may think is due back in return – but for what God gave us at the Cross.  Christ paid the ultimate price.  Therefore, He doesn’t owe us a thing in life.  We are the ones who owe Him everything.

We are God’s unprofitable servants on this earth – not profitable employees.  The King is served by the field. It is not the other way around (Ecclesiastes 5:9).  We did not bring anything into this world, and it is certain we cannot carry anything out (1 Timothy 6:7).  All the earthly blessings we may think God is bestowing upon us in our life – will be left behind when we die.

God tells us to take heed if we depart from Him and turn aside after Satan in unbelief (Hebrews 3:12-19, 1 Timothy 5:15).  Part of unbelief is if we run greedily after the error of Baal (Jude 1:11).  Baal is where we get Beelzebub (2 Kings 1:6).  Satan is worshipped and served more if we think we should be served with profit from God.  It makes Him a liar (Romans 1:25).

This is holding the truth in unrighteousness, and it is having a foolish heart (Romans 1:18-21).  Such belief says He should be thanking and giving us His glory for being such good Christians (Mark 10:18) – falling all over us with worldly favor and blessings (Romans 2:11).  This is a lack of understanding.  It is seeking earthly good; but not seeking God (Romans 3:11-12).

A worldly mind equates work with wages.  Good and steadily dedicated work over time may be rewarded with a raise.  However, if we’ve been born again of the Spirit (John 3:5), we have been given Christ’s mind (1 Corinthians 2:16).  It says to humbly obey God until death just as Jesus did (Philippians 2:8) – without earthly profit or gain on the way (Jude 1:11).

God requires us to have an unwavering walk with His Son down heaven’s narrow path (Matthew 7:14).  If we ever anticipate any worldly presents and blessings from Him for work we do, we don’t have the steadfast faith needed to be made partakers of Jesus at the end (Hebrews 3:14).  What we have is a desire for steady profit; which actually creates a stop-and-go walk.

We’re saying to Him we will obey and do our duty a short while – then stop and collect our reward first before we proceed any further (Luke 17:7-10).  It is telling Him we still have affections focused on fleeting worldly things as a reason to stay faithful; and not on things above (Colossians 3:2).  We are still laying up treasures for ourselves on earth (Matthew 6:19-20).

We are plainly letting Him know we are still seeking a better country here; and not willing to wait with the confidence and patience required for a better country awaiting in heaven (Hebrews 10:35-36, 11:13-15). However, what does it matter if we should gain a whole world of profit during our brief life (James 4:14) – if we lose our soul in the end (Mark 8:36)?

 

 

 

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(Scripture from the NKJV and KJV)

– And Elijah came unto all the people and said, “How long shall you halt between two opinions?  If the Lord be your God – follow Him.  But if Baal – then follow him.”  And the people did not answer him a word. – 1 Kings 18:21

Many people back in Old Testament days had trouble truly following God – just as we can Christ today.  Some blatantly worshipped Baal – an earthly, worldly idol.  They had their own priest named Mattan (2 Kings 11:18).  Others appeared godly outwardly with lip service – doing lots of religious things like the Pharisees in the New Testament – but their hearts were fully set on Baal and the goods of this world (Matthew 15;8).

In the lead verse above, some had believed Baal so completely and faithfully – they were positive he could summon fire down from heaven to Mt. Carmel – and begin the blaze for a burnt offering.  Elijah felt like he was the only one left who was truly following the true God.  So, Elijah put them on the spot – and their hesitation in answering seemed to confirm his suspicions about their allegiance.  They then proceeded to call on Baal from morning to noon – but no fire. Elijah then mocked their god (1 Kings 18:22-27).

What usually trips us up more often than anything else in our walk with the Lord as Christians – and causes us to stumble – is when we try to switch back-and-forth between the world and the Word.  We’re of two opinions.  We cannot drink of the Lord’s cup – and the cup of the devils; nor partake of the Lord’s table and the table of devils at the same time (1 Corinthians 10:21).  We can try – but it usually makes for a very bumpy ride on the road to heaven.

Some call this straddling the fence as believers – the Word on one side and the world on the other.  The grass may be greener on the world side, but the grace is greater on the Word side. Grace is unmerited favor.  When we are on the world’s side, we tend to have a merited favor mindset – not an unprofitable servant one (Luke 17:7-10).  We’ll follow the Word outwardly – but inwardly our hearts are set on goods we think we may deserve from God – often by merely being a Christian.  We can always fool others – but never Him (Hebrews 4:12-13).

If we halt and hesitate between two opinions every morning we wake up – as to whom we choose to serve that day (Joshua 24:15) – the shiny and tempting lights of the world that Satan and his ministers like to blind our eyes with might be too bright (2 Corinthians 4:4, 2 Corinthians 11:14-15).  We’ll be like moths to a flame.  Except the fire will be just more of the devil’s deceptive darkness – disguised as a very luring light (Luke 11:35).

The name Baal has become synonymous with false gods and fake worship in much of modern Christianity.  It’s commonly accepted through etymology that  the name Beelzebub originated from Baalzebub. – the prince of devils or demons (Matthew 12:24).  What’s going to happen if the world and Satan start winning out over the Word – as they seem to be doing more and more in today’s Christianity?  What if we misuse Scripture to just to get what we want in this fleeting life?  Will those with the opinion of truly following God by the Word be the ones who are mocked this time around (2 Chronicles 36:16)?

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