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(Scripture from the NKJV and KJV)

– So likewise you, when you shall have done all those things which are commanded you, say, “We are unprofitable servants: we have done that which was our duty to do.” – Luke 17:10

Most of us like some sort of attention every now or then – public or private – and some more frequently than others. We like to be recognized for our efforts in any of life’s endeavors. When somebody notices us, thanks us – and accompanies it with some sort of award or reward – it makes any expenditure of time, money, or labor – seem somehow more worthwhile.

Otherwise, why did we really do anything in the first place? This can happen in education, parenting, careers – and so on. However, any type of anticipatory or expectant mindset among us as Christians is very worldly. It creates a “de-servant” approach to being a believer – rather than steady servitude that gives God all the glory in anything we do for Him (1 Corinthians 10:31).

Our Christian lives cannot be contingent on a “What have you done for me lately” mindset with God. Sacrificing His only Son on that Cross over 2,000 years ago had better be enough for all of us – at all times. Anything we do is out of gratitude for this – never out of an attitude God had still better do more things for us – to make our efforts as believers more worthwhile. We are unprofitable servants on earth (Luke 17:7-10). Whatever we do in His name below heaven is our reward – not a method and means to get one (Romans 4:4).

We have a debt to Him we can never repay (Romans 4:4). Our thanks and just reward will come in heaven – after we’ve done all He’s commanded us to do down here (Matthew 6:20, Luke 12:33, 1 Corinthians 9:16-27, 1 Peter 1:4). If that’s not good enough – we are telling God we are seeking something other than the eternal city that awaits us (Hebrews 11:13-16).  The only thanks which will really matter is when our heavenly Father smiles and says to us, “Well done, good and faithful servant – enter into the joy of the Lord (Matthew 25:23).

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