“Which of you, having a servant plowing or herding sheep, will say to him when he has come in from the field, ‘Come now and sit down for dinner?’ Will he not rather say to him, ‘Prepare my supper, and dress yourself and serve me until I eat and drink. And afterward you will eat and drink?’ Does he thank the servant because he did what was commanded? I think not. So you also, when you have done everything commanded you, say, ‘We are unprofitable servants. We have done our duty.’” (Luke 17:7-10 — Modern English Version)
Notice the activity of the servant. All of his duties were directed specifically toward his Master. This is a picture of our time of prayer and consecration to The Lord. The Bible calls it “ministering to The Lord.” (Acts 13:2) But notice what happened immediately after their ministry to The Lord AND FASTING: “The Holy Spirit said, ‘Set apart for Me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.’ Then after fasting and praying, they laid their hands on them and sent them off.” (Acts 13:2-3)
Their private pursuit of God turned into a public commission by God. Many times, when we hear “glory to glory” we attribute it to a more powerful prayer life, or greater personal blessing. But what if “glory to glory” doesn’t just mean from a lower to a higher glory, but also from an inward to an outward glory? And taking the anointing you are mantled with in your “ministering to The Lord” and applying it to the ministry of reconciliation, reaching the lost with the gospel; taking what is inside of you, and giving it out!
Luke 17 shows us that a one dimensional, or single faceted ministry is that of an unprofitable servant; not one who is actively diminishing the work of your Master, but not pushing it forward either. But you wont fall into that category. You will be effective and profitable; and you’ll constantly increase in your effectiveness and profitability for His Kingdom!
Personal Prayer Point:
“Father, make me profitable for your Kingdom, and glory; in Jesus Name!”
Scripture to Stand On:
(Luke 17:7-10 — 2 Corinthians 5:13-14 — Isaiah 6:7-8)
Corporate Prayer Point:
“Father, make Truth & Triumph profitable for the expansion of your Kingdom and your fame in the Inland Empire. What you’ve begun through your anointed servants in days past, complete it now through us; in Jesus Name!”
Scripture to stand on:
(2 Corinthians 3:2-3 — Acts 17:6 — Acts 19:20)