Luke 17:1-19

“We are unworthy servants” (v10).  It is human nature to think highly of ourselves and to seek to increase our own status, like the servant in Jesus’ parable who came in from his work and expected to eat before his Master (v7-10).  Jesus reminded us that we are not entitled to anything; we are “unworthy servants” who should be filled with gratitude toward God, not pride.  This attitude was beautifully demonstrated by the Samaritan leper who was healed and ran back to Jesus, “giving him thanks” (v16).


Pride keeps our hearts closed so that we receive nothing.  When we come to God with gratefulness and humility, He forgives us, heals us, and lifts us up.