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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About David Worcester

I am the founder and director of a campus ministry at San Diego State called Challenge. I am also serving as an ordained elder at Mission Trails Church. I love speaking and writing about college ministry, gospel appointments, and practical ways to live out God’s Word! I am also passionate about: leadership training, learning, missions, church planting, surfing, hiking, sports, photography and traveling (So far I’ve visited 23 countries & all 50 states). I’m married to Jessica Worcester who I fell in love with while doing college ministry together and we have a two year old son named Samuel. I graduated from from the University of Oklahoma (OU) with a degree in Film & Video Studies. And I received my Masters in Theological Studies from Gateway Seminary. I am an ordained minister who loves speaking and writing about practical ways to live out God’s Word in life and ministry.

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