Reading: Luke 17: 5-10
As Christians, our role is to love God and to love neighbor. It is what we are called to do. In loving, we are also often called to do for or to serve God and neighbor. We usually do so willingly and obediently, so we understand Jesus’ teaching that doing so is simply our duty as Christians. In serving our Master and Lord we should not expect extra thanks or special recognition.
Every once in a while we notice something at home or work or church that needs done. It may not be our “job” but w notice it needs done, so we do it. Some of the time, when we serve with good intentions, God blesses us. For example, a couple of weeks ago I noticed that some of the windows at the church needed cleaned. As I was getting ready to clean windows that evening, a man wandered up to the parsonage looking for an odd job to do. I invited him to join me and our time together was wonderful. We accomplished a hard task and we began a new friendship. Such a blessing!
But sometimes we notice a job that needs done and we go about it grudgingly. As we work, we run through the list of people whose job this really is or should be. We may even become upset with them for not doing their job as we slave away to do what should have already been done. Grudgingly, work, slave. In this mindset, boy do we need an attitude adjustment!
Lord, when we are working grudgingly, change our hearts so we are willingly serving, being a faithful servant instead of an overworked slave. Lord Jesus, help us to love and serve generously, following the example you set for us. Thank you.