Faithful Servants

Faithful Servants

Pride is an issue in my life which I must deal with again and again. A section of Chapter 17 in Luke’s gospel speaks very clearly to me about this.

And which of you, having a servant plowing or tending sheep, will say to him when he has come in from the field, 'Come at once and sit down to eat'? But will he not rather say to him, 'Prepare something for my supper, and gird yourself and serve me till I have eaten and drunk, and afterward you will eat and drink'? Does he thank that servant because he did the things that were commanded him? I think not. 

So likewise you, when you have done all those things which you are commanded, say, 'We are unprofitable servants. We have done what was our duty to do.' " 
- Luke 17:7-10 (NKJV)

From this I learn that my service to God is not a great feat I have accomplished, but simply the fulfilling of that which is expected of me. This concept is repeated in the book of Romans.

I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. – Romans 12:1 (NKJV)

I think God gave us verses like this because He knows the human tendency toward pride. There is something in my spirit that wants to puff up with pride when I have accomplished something difficult in ministry. Thankfully the Holy Spirit can remind me of verses like this to pop that balloon of pride and bring me back to solid ground.

It is equally important to remember that the Bible also tells me that I’m considered an adopted child; a friend; that I’m included in what the Master is doing. So although I need not puff up with pride over my spiritual service, I can rest assured that my Heavenly Father appreciates my meager efforts to share His love with those who need Him.

No longer do I call you servants, for a servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all things that I heard from My Father I have made known to you.  - John 15:15 (NKJV)