Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Daily devotional: Don't expect praise just for obeying

Scripture
"In the same way, when you obey me you should say, 'We are unworthy servants who have simply done our duty.'"
Luke 17:10 NLT (see vv.7-10)

Observation
What a privilege it is to be God's child and get to follow in His ways and join into the work He is doing. This is a good reminder though that we should not expect praise and kudos just for being obedient to what the Lord has called us to do! It is like Paul in 1 Corinthians 9:16--he could not boast for preaching the gospel, because he was compelled to preach.

Application
Keep a proper perspective. Be thankful for my salvation and position of favor, and look forward to the rewards in heaven for the fruit evidenced in my life, but do not expect pats on the back or glory just because I do what God has called me to do.

Prayer
Lord, please help me keep your perspective. Thank you for teaching me, especially in areas like this where pride could crop up. I am so grateful that You saved me and that You so generously lavish your gifts and favor on me. Please help me to be a faithful servant. I love you!

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