Wednesday, November 17

Attitude adjustment

Scripture: Job 6-7, Psalm 133, Luke 17

Psalm 133:1 How good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity.

Luke 17:10. So you also, when you have done everything you were told to do, should say, ‘We are unworthy servants; we have only done our duty.’”

Observation

Yesterday, Heidi asked me if I had read Francis Chan’s new book Until Unity.  I hadn’t even heard of it.  This morning, I read Psalm 133 and immediately thought of Heidi’s question.  I bought the book and will read it soon.  Chan points out the importance of unity from Scripture and asks why the church is so divided if unity is so important to God.  The divisions in the church are a great concern to me.  So I took the combination of Heidi’s question and Psalm 133 in our Bible reading plan as a nudge from the Lord and bought the book.

In Luke 17, Jesus poses a question.  If your servant comes in from the field, do you offer to serve him dinner or expect that he will serve you first?  Obviously, he serves you first, and expects no thanks for doing his job.  Then v. 10–which nailed me. 

I often feel proud of myself for all my years of serving the Lord, trying to do His will and please Him.  I feel like I deserve recognition or thanks—or a long, self-indulgent retirement!  But instead I need to remember that I am the Lord’s servant and have only done what was expected of me.  Even more, I’m an unworthy servant who has not even come close to doing “everything you were told to do.”  

It’s not that our Father is a thankless slave driver, or unappreciative of what we do.  

Hebrews 6:10 God is not unjust; he will not forget your work and the love you have shown him as you have helped his people and continue to help them.

He sees our service and will not forget it.  

But Jesus is reminding us that we are servants of the Lord, and as such we aren’t to be full of ourselves, but always seek to serve Him in love.  

Application

Today is about an attitude adjustment.  It’s about shifting my focus from what I deserve or what I’m owed to what He deserves and what I owe Him.  It’s about seeking to serve rather than be served.  It’s about seeing myself as His servant and willingly and joyfully doing what He asks, and expecting nothing in return.  Then when He pours out His blessing, enjoy it as unexpected favor rather than a deserved payment.  

Today, I want to be the Lord’s servant.  My aim is to do whatever pleases Him.

Prayer: Lord, thanks for the reminder and adjustment!  Help me at every turn today to ask what You want done, and joyfully do that!