Matt 25: 21; John 15: 15 &16
As I understand it, In Jesus’ day individuals with debt could become servants in order to pay that debt. It is also the case that debts were erased every seven years by Jewish law so the individual would no longer be a servant, regardless of how many of the seven years were served. When a period of required service was over, a servant could chose to remain a servant for life and indicated this by piercing an ear. Servants could be like Joseph, having great authority and power, or they might serve in the stables. Their assigned role was likely a factor in their choice to stay a servant but perhaps the greatest reason for doing so was the master’s character and the safety provided in his service.
We Christians often call ourselves “servants of Christ.” When a person makes a freewill decision to choose Jesus as Savior, angels rejoice. In essence we pierce our ears and choose the Master we will serve forever. Do the angels rejoice more over some who choose saying “boy, she/he will be a great Christian and do great deeds for Jesus?” Scripture says the angels rejoice over EVERY sinner who chooses Jesus. This means each of us is celebrated as we come to Jesus. This must also mean we are each valued regardless of accomplishments, or lack thereof. Servants do what the master assigns. In order for an earthly master’s life to go smoothly, a number of assigned tasks needed to be done. Some servants were like Joseph but many more had tasks that were unglamorous, like cleaning the stables, gardening, cooking, and keeping the household running. Some may even have been unable to do anything due to injury or disability but were cared for anyway. Each servant was under the master’s protective umbrella regardless of assignment. We are under the protection of our Lord, Jesus, and each of us is wrapped in His righteousness. We cannot earn it. It is a gift to each of His servants. If we look at how we think God uses others, we see our own service as inadequate. Others seem to serve so much more and better than we do and we become ashamed and feel unworthy.
How is our service judged? Actually, it isn’t a far as our value is concerned. Each servant of Jesus will have the same loving welcome when meeting Him face to face. If Jesus evaluates us by our acceptance of His sacrifice, we can look forward to His absolute love. Therefore, we should neither compare our service to others’ nor judge another’s worth by their deeds or length of service. We are judged only by our reliance on our Master’s grace. Let God’s unlimited love for and delight in each of us free us to thank Him and rejoice that we are indeed beloved servants, regardless of how or even whether we serve. The Master calls us “friends.” Believe Him.