Luke 17:10

So you also, when you have done all that you were commanded, say, ‘We are unworthy servants; we have only done what was our duty. ’”

     Given Christ’s character these words are a little surprising [On the other hand, given his penchant for saying surprising things, I suppose it’s not that surprising].  We can probably all agree that saying stuff like this is no way to recruit followers, which does not seem to have bothered Christ in the least little bit. Why does he say this?
     Our inclination as humans is to think more of ourselves rather than less.  We are people of self-importance.  Christ is telling us to remember that we are servants, and only adequate ones at that. This keeps us humble.  We begin to see Christ’s love here because we simply cannot follow God without humility.  Pride and being a follower of Christ are flat out contradictions, there is no such thing.
     So when we have done all that we are commanded to do, let us say humbly and truthfully, “we are unworthy servants.”