Neglected Biblical Truths
Doing Your Duty – Part I
Scripture Reading: Luke 17:1-10
Key Verses: Luke 17:9-10 NLT
“And does the master thank the servant for doing what he was told to do? Of course not. In the same way, when you obey me you should say, ‘We are unworthy servants who have simply done our duty.’”
Have you ever done something because of the teachings of Jesus, and then felt good about it? Have you ever sacrificed something because you felt that God wanted you to and then felt good about it?
It certainly is okay to feel good about being obedient to what you felt God wanted you to do, but Jesus does give us a caution in this area. Today’s Key Verses give us another passage of scripture that has been a neglected truth.
Jesus taught this truth with an illustration that those listening to Him at the time He spoke would clearly understand.
Putting Jesus’s illustration into the language of our day might make it easier for us to understand.
If your employer gave you a set of tasks to do, and you diligently did them all to your boss’s satisfaction, what should you expect at the end of the day?
Some might say, “I surely will get a bonus in my paycheck”. Someone might say, “I surely will get tomorrow off, as my reward for doing such a great job”.
But your employer would say to you, “There will be no bonus or extra time off, you have simply done your duty”.
One of the reasons that we have neglected these verses is because they sound so harsh to our modern ears.
But Jesus is simply clarifying the cost He has paid for our salvation. Jesus is making sure His followers understand that they cannot earn God’s love or His forgiveness. Jesus is making sure that we never feel entitled to an eternity in heaven.
In Jesus’s day, when a master hires a servant, he takes the servant out of poverty and gives them purpose in life. Yes, they worked hard plowing the fields and caring for the sheep, but this work was nothing compared to what most of them came from before their master gave them their work.
Jesus paid a heavy price for our salvation; He redeemed us from an eternity in hell and we did nothing to deserve this gift of eternal life. Does God owe us a “thank you” for doing His will, His work here on earth? When you sacrifice something for Him, do you deserve a special bonus from Him?
Father, forgive me for ever feeling entitled to Your blessings. In Jesus’s Name I pray, amen.