“What We Do for Christ Should Be out of Proper Gratitude and Duty 我們為基督所作的一切，理應是出於恰當的感激和本分“（Luke 路加福音 17:7-10）
Suppose one of you has a servant ploughing or looking after the sheep. Will he say to the servant when he comes in from the field, “Come along now and sit down to eat”? Won’t he rather say, “Prepare my supper, get yourself ready and wait on me while I eat and drink; after that you may eat and drink”? Will he thank the servant because he did what he was told to do? 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.”
In general, ploughing or looking after the sheep is really a hard work in practice or even in spiritual ministry. Lord Jesus has given us the right attitude: His pleasure before our own, His people preferred before ourselves and His name before our own name. “We are unworthy servants” or “We’re no good at anything” is not an admission that we do nothing good or pleasing to God. It simply recognizes that He has done so much more for us than we could ever do for Him. What He did for us was out of pure love; what we do for Him should be out of proper gratitude and duty.
Prayer: Dear Lord Jesus, many today often want to project a ‘super-Christian’ image that makes them seem to be anything but unprofitable servants. Indeed, we only think that we are better than others are when we look to man, not you. Thank you for reminding us that when our hearts are right, we live and act as if we are happy to have the privilege of being allowed to serve you. Amen.