Don’t Serve To Get Recognition – Luke 17:1-19

From my reading in Luke 17:1-19 in the One Year New Testament.

Jesus shared a parable about the attitude we should have when serving him. When a servant comes into the house after taking care of the sheep and the fields, the master doesn’t say “Come in and eat with me.”

Instead he says, “Put on your apron, make my food, then serve me while I eat. Then, after I have eaten you can eat.” The master is not expected to thank the servant. Then this is what Jesus said,

“So you also, when you have done everything you were told to do, should say, ‘We are unworthy servants; we have only done our duty.’ ” Luke 17:10

We are to serve humbly, knowing that when we obey Christ we are merely doing our duty. We should not expect an easy life or to be rewarded in this life for obeying. The knowledge that we have served well and will be rewarded in heaven should be enough.

Often we want to receive some type of recognition for our service, but a true servant serves for God, not for the applause of others. It has been said,

“Many Christians want to be known as servants but they don’t want to be treated like one.”

When we get to heaven, the nursery workers, janitors, moms, and all the behind-the-scenes people who served God with their lives will be honored.

We don’t deserve anything, but God gives us the privilege of serving him and that is a joy in itself. 

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