We Are Unprofitable Servants


Today, our group SIGN, Singing In God’s Name takes the stage to close out our St. Paul the Apostle Harvest Festival. We are a unique Christian band. We are old rockers that have played the nightclub circuits in our youth and by the grace of God, were united at our Church to give glory to God through our music.

I am going to speak for the group when I say that we as musicians have possessed some egos in our day. For me, I couldn’t wait to get on stage to let loose and get the crowd going, free drinks, food and much adulation from our followers. But today, I must say it is very different. All adulation, all adoration, all glory and all praise goes to the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Without God, there would be no music. Without God, there would be no me.

To hear that I am an unprofitable servant is music to my ears. Jesus follows with … “we have done what we are obliged to do.” (Luke 17:10) Being on stage now is so different. Singing glory to God as others watch, sing praise, raise hands and voices to the Lord or close their eyes to the beauty of God is more rewarding as an unprofitable servant than any compliment, gift or achievement given for my own glory. How prideful it was to think, at a time in my life, that I earned all my talents through hard work on my own.

Thanks be to God! May I live as an unprofitable servant all the days of my life and do what I am obliged to do which is to love the Lord and my neighbor. Amen, Alleluia!

Mike Burke; Sunday, October 2, 2016
We Are Unprofitable Servants