Neglected Biblical Truths

May God help you to understand and truly appreciate His unmerited favor

Neglected Biblical Truths
Doing Your Duty – Part II

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.’”

I remember something I heard a traveling evangelist say, “When my son became ill, I was glad my tithe was paid and I was prayed up, so as I asked God to heal my son, I had nothing to regret in my life.”

I understood what he was trying to say because, as my dad used to say, “Our obedience to God gives us confidence in our prayers.”

For us believers, when we fail in an area of obedience to God, we sometimes do not feel very confident to ask God for favors in our prayers.

However, the truth is that we are never in a good position to ask God for favors. We never earn God’s favor. The prophet Isaiah put it this way:

…When we display our righteous deeds, they are nothing but filthy rags…” (Isaiah 64:6 NLT)

In other words, on our best day when we pray, read our Bible, and do good deeds, we still look like filthy rags compared to God’s righteousness. There is simply no way we can gain enough “brownie points” to gain God’s favor.

We must live by faith in God’s Grace (His unmerited favor) and ask for His help based on His love and kindness to us, not whether we think we have measured up to what we think God expects of us.

Here is what to say and feel after we have done a good job serving the Lord with our hard work, time, and money that we sacrifice for God’s Kingdom: “We are unworthy servants who have simply done our duty”.

We say these words not under compulsion but with an understanding of how much God has done for us. Believe in God’s forgiveness and forgive ourselves for our sins, but never forget how good and generous God has been and continues to be with our failures.

I try not to let my failures discourage me, but I do let them humble me as I go to the Lord in prayer. No matter how much I sacrifice for God, or accomplish for His Kingdom, I will always feel like an “unworthy servant and have simply done my duty”.

May God help us all to understand and truly appreciate the unmerited favor He gives to us. May our worship of God express our deepest gratitude for His love and mercy.

Father, help me to always remember Your patience and long-suffering in dealing with me. I want to give my best to You every day. In Jesus’s Name I pray, amen.

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