By Jen Manning
“Suppose one of you has a servant plowing or looking after the sheep. Will he say to the servant when he comes in from the field, ‘Come along now and sit down to eat’? Won’t he rather say, ‘Prepare my supper, get yourself ready and wait on me while I eat and drink; after that you may eat and drink’? Will he thank the servant because he did what he was told to do? 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 17:7)
Often, we want accolades for a job well done. We finished the report in record time, killed that speech, and soothed a client/customer/child who was upset. More times than not, we probably won’t get an email detailing how appreciative your supervisor is about taking care of the work you have been trained to handle.
I’m sure we’ve all experienced a long day of work, just to come home and know there is more work, including dinner to be prepared and served.
If you have children, you have expectations for them dependent upon their age. When they were little, less was expected. At a certain age, you stop praising them for remembering to brush their teeth, put their dishes in the sink, or feed a pet.
We may be doing all the right things: prayer, reflection, worship, service. But these are our duties. So, why do we expect to have the path that God wants us to walk to be free from all stress, testing, hard patches, and discipline?
You deal with whatever comes your way in your work and home life because it’s your duty as an employee/parent/spouse/roommate. Do not expect for God to congratulate you for doing what He has clearly expressed as His will for our life. There are just certain things that we must do in order to have a closer walk with our Creator.
We are called to spread the Word of God: the gospel to others. “God has given us the task of telling everyone what he is doing. We’re Christ’s representatives. God uses us to persuade men and women to drop their differences and enter into God’s work of making things right between them. We’re speaking for Christ himself now: Become friends with God; he’s already a friend with you.” (2 Corinthians 5:19-20 MSG) You are showing yourself as a friend to God when you pray for the person who gets under your skin, when you pray with your child before bed, when you make eye contact and smile at a stranger, when you are the first to offer reconciliation after a disagreement, when you speak a word of encouragement, when you pick up the phone to check on someone you have not seen in a while, when you hug a friend a little longer when they are having a bad day or when you send that thank you card in appreciation of a small act of kindness. Answer His call; you are storing up treasure in heaven.
Prayer: Father, thank you for giving us Your Word to help us learn what our duties are, and how to draw closer to you. When we have a rotten attitude, help us to turn to you for a tune up. You are always willing to hold our hand on the journey. We love you and thank you, in Jesus’s name, Amen.