“When a servant comes in from plowing or taking care of sheep, does his master say, ‘Come in and eat with me’? 8 No, he says, ‘Prepare my meal, put on your apron, and serve me while I eat. Then you can eat later.’ 9 And does the master thank the servant for doing what he was told to do? Of course not. 10 In the same way, when you obey me you should say, ‘We are unworthy servants who have simply done our duty.’” Luke 17:7-10
Did i hear an ouchy? We can become so accustomed to the tenderness of Jesus and have forgotten that He is also the truth teller. In fact, He is the truth. The above text is “i’m telling you exactly the way it is” kind of text. There is a saying that we don’t praise a fish for swimming. Reason being that a fish is expected to swim anyway.
Yesterday, my daughter asked me what was her reward for tidying up her room. I told her that they don’t get rewarded for doing what they were meant to do. This led to us having a talk about expectations and rewards. She understood in the end.
As children of God, there is an expectation of us. God expects us to look like Him and act like Him. He expects us to serve Him because that was the reason why we were created.
We don’t serve God so He can be good to us. We serve God because we love Him. This mindset is what will make us worship even when our prayers are not being answered. It is what will make us serve Him even when we get a ‘no’ from Him instead of a yes. It is the reason why we can still say He is the good good father even when we are grieving the death of a loved one.
Our obedience to God is our duty to Him which we must regard as a privilege. It isn’t something extra we do for God. It is the whole duty of man. When we refuse to obey Him, we are telling Him that He is not worthy of our obedience. When we rebel against His instructions, we are rubbing shoulders with Him and exalting ourselves above Him. In those moments, we make ourselves lord over us. This in itself is idolatry. Are you your idol?
In this text, Jesus is not suggesting that our service is meaningless or useless, neither is He advocating doing away with rewards. He is simply attacking unwarranted self-esteem and spiritual pride.
We are saved to serve.