REWARDS (5) Luke 17:5-10
So likewise ye, when ye 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. (v10)
GOD’s PREROGATIVE As you read the reward list (D241) you might see areas where you have already made a priority of doing what God promises to reward. Or you might read the lists and feel discouraged. This looks like the description of a super saint like Billy Graham or Mother Teresa, How could someone like me possibly earn rewards? I have noticed that people who are making these discoveries for the first time respond with a wide range of feelings. Some experience intense gratitude, some, a burst of anticipation. But others tell me they are reluctant to believe what they’re hearing. They’ll say. “But I don’t deserve any reward!” Or, “If I’m spending eternity with Jesus in heaven, why would I want or need anything more?
I understand these feelings. I had them myself when I first explored this topic. In fact, I didn’t agree with God’s plan at all: I’d been happily working for God for years. I could do for Him! Two passages in the Gospels helped my thinking begin to change: Luke 17:10. Jesus told His disciples, “When you have done all those things which you are commanded, say “We are unprofitable servants. We have done what was our duty to do.” This passage shows that above all, it is my duty and privilege to serve God. (Bruce Wilkinson)
PRAYER LINE: Father Lord, I pray that I who have gathered the harvests of my labour would eat it and praise You for it, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.
It is fitting for a great God to forgive sinners