What Jesus Did! 'The Attitude of a Servant' — Luke 17:7-10

Monday, October 5, 2015

"Suppose one of you has a servant that has been working in the field. The servant has been plowing the ground or caring for the sheep. When he comes in from work, what would you say to him? Would you say, 'Come in and sit down to eat'? No! You would say to your servant, 'Prepare something for me to eat. Then get dressed and serve me. When I finish eating and drinking, then you can eat.' The servant should not get any special thanks for doing his job. He is only doing what his master told him to do. It is the same with you. When you do all the things you are told to do, you should say, 'We are not worthy of any special thanks. We have only done the work we should do.'"
— Luke 17:7-10 NLT
Illustration of Luke 17:7-10 NLT — ' The servant should not get any special thanks for doing his job.

Key Thought

In Jesus' day, a servant did not have the rights of an owner, an heir, or a citizen. A servant had to do what pleased his or her master regardless of thanks or praise. A servant had no right to expect approval or commendation. When a servant worked hard and completed a long list of demands, there was no expectation of praise; that servant only did what was expected. Jesus is Lord, Master, and Savior. He has called us to follow and serve him. Of course the incredible blessing is that when we come to him as a servant, he welcomes us as a sister or brother and friend.

Today's Prayer

Father, as I come and offer myself to your Son as a servant for his work and his glory, thank you for accepting me as your child and making me a sibling, a joint heir, with your precious Son and my Savior. In his name, Jesus Christ the Lord, I pray. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • Galatians 3:26-4:7
  • Hebrews 2:14-18
  • John 15:15

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About This Devotional

What Jesus Did is a one-year devotional guide through the gospels, using one short passage each day and following the Gospel in consecutive order. Each devotional consists of a passage, reflection and a prayer which opens up the day's scripture and shows how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware.

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