Habakkuk 1:1-4; 2:1-4
2 Timothy 1:1-14
“We are useless slaves; we have done no more than our duty.”
“Blessed are those slaves whom the master finds awake when he comes.”
“Well done, good and trustworthy slave. Enter into the joy of your master.”
“Anyone who wants to be first among you must be your slave.”
“We are worthless slaves; we have only done what we ought to have done.” Worthless and slaves. With those pungent words an episode in the life of Jesus seems to come to an abrupt close. The very next verse has Jesus suddenly on the way to Jerusalem, somewhere between Samaria and Galilee where he’s about to heal some lepers.
“We are worthless slaves”. The Bible doesn’t record what was said after those jarring words. But I’m sure it wasn’t the end of the conversation. I’ve come to know on no good authority whatsoever what happened next, but I am sworn to secrecy as to the source of this information. You would have good reason to be suspicious of this source. But if you’ll hold at bay the fierce dogs of skepticism for just a few minutes I’ll tell you what I heard happened next…
A sermon preached at St John’s Cathedral, Jacksonville FL
My Brother and I would like to express our thanks for your invitation to us to be with you this weekend, and for the warm and gracious welcome we have received. We’re delighted to be here.