Rank Has It's Obligations

Chester Droog

READ : Luke 17:7-10

Of all the parables of Jesus, I find this one to be the most difficult. God appears as a heartless taskmaster, who requires that his servants, already weary from a days toil, prepare the evening meal for him and his household. And even more incomprehensible, the servants are required to acknowledge that in their service, they are unworthy and have done no more than could be expected of them.

How are we to understand such a parable? Some have suggested that it is a picture of how we ought not to think of God. He is not a demanding, unappreciative God. Others like to think that it is a parable of God’s sovereignty. He owes us nothing. He can treat us as He will. We are deserving of nothing. I prefer to believe that it is a parable to teach us that the Christian life is demanding. Jesus never said that following Him would be easy. There are no eight-hour days in the Kingdom. There are no thirty-day vacations. Being a Christian is a full-time calling. Jesus said, “If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me” (Mark 8:34).

The French have a proverb: “Rank has its obligations.” When you enlist in the King’s army, you can be sure that there will be obligations. The reward comes only after the battle is over.


Jesus, help me to accept the demands of my sonship. Amen.