Tuesday's Thought of the Day

Luke 17:7-10
“Jesus said to His disciples, “Which of you, who has a servant plowing or minding sheep, would say to him when he returns from the fields, “Prepare supper for me, and gird yourself and serve me, till I eat and drink, and afterwards you shall eat and drink”.  Must he be grateful to the servant for doing what he is told?  So with you also, when you have done all you have been told to do, say, “We are unprofitable servants, we have done what we are obliged to do”.
REFLECTION:
Do you give God your very best effort in your daily tasks?  We are all servants for God working in His vineyard to bring glory to His kingdom.  God owes us nothing, He gave us His Son, Jesus Christ, to atone for our sins and have victory over death.  Jesus came to serve, not to be served.  If we are Christians, followers of Christ, we are to do the same.  When we do the expected, we are only doing our duty.  Our duty, in fulfillment of our Covenant with God, is to give Him praise and worship.  What makes our offering and service special to God, is the manner in which it is given.  Do we serve with a free and giving heart or do we serve out of obligation?  God loves us unconditionally; can you say the same for your brothers and sisters?  When we serve and love others unconditionally, we receive love back in double measure.  In 1 John 4:17 we are told, “God is love,
and whoever remains in love remains in God and God in him”.  Sisters and brothers, it is through this love that we are compelled to give Him our best, our all.  When we have done our best, we have simply done our duty.  When we do this, I have a feeling God is smiling on you, the unprofitable servant with a joyful heart.

PRAYER:

LORD, may I always be a willing and grateful servant for You.  Let me never have feelings that I am owed something for doing what You expect of me.  Let me give my all for the glory of Your kingdom and serve You and my brothers and sisters with a glad heart.  I ask this in Your most holy and merciful name, AMEN

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