Luke 17:10 KJV — So likewise ye, when ye shall have done all those things which are commanded you, say, We are unprofitable servants: we have done that which was our duty to do.
What does it mean “unprofitable servant”
I don’t think it means there are no gains nor do I think it means all is lost. Nor do I think it addresses the base desires or the love of money. The servant of Christ is not the servant of mammon.
I ask because it is an interesting statement.
Jesus gives these words of instruction in a parable. A thousand years before the word of the Lord came to David. “I will open my mouth in a parable: I will utter dark sayings of old:” – Psalm 78:2 What then do these few words mean?
I think it means we have been over paid. In every effort in every word deed plan we have been compensated. We have a taste of heaven. We have already received joy unspeakable and full of glory. A joy as if we have moved mountains and built bridges and highway and successfully lead men and woman and children from captivity and into the promised land. We have not. Here the servant says we did but follow and obey you. You have gotten to yourself more glory and more crowns and more praise. If we had a part it was at your direction and under your authority and by your help.
I think that’s what it means. He has outspent for his objectives. He has lavished love and grace and help upon us. Far more than we deserve but no less than he is able. To spend and give and pour out upon us of his riches.
I think also it must be said they were obedient and had no shame when at last it was time to give an account and when at last their work was done. They discharged their duty as faithful diligent trustworthy men.