Thursday, August 27, 2009

"Our Duty to Do"

This morning as I was jogging and listening to my dramatized Bible on CD (that definitely counts as a thing I love!), I heard something that wasn't quite so high on my "things I love list." I mean does the Bible really say, "So likewise you, 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.'"? Yep. It's right there in Luke 17.
It's one of those verses that I have read over many times, but this morning it hit me--I really don't like that verse! I WANT to be commended when I clean the house, take care of the kids, do little crafts with them, take them places successfully, etc. I WANT my husband, my parents, my community, and my church to pat me on the back and give me high honors when I respect my husband and "rear up my children in the way they should go." (Consequently I also want them to ignore the fact that I often do the opposite of what I know I am commanded to do!) And yet, Jesus has called me repeatedly to lead by serving. And as a true servant, how can I expect anything but a call to do the next task well? (Right before the above verse is the part about the servant plowing all day and then coming in to a master who says--not, "Good job! Sit down to eat!"--but "Fix me something to eat, then you can eat.)
As a mom, I tend toward this complex of the underappreciated, downtrodden, you-owe-me mentality, and I need to STOP! I want to do my job and do it well and know that my treasure is in a better Kingdom. I guess this sounds a little bit like a rant, but please know it is a rant against myself! I know lots of moms who do show this servant-like attitude so well. So let us all go and be good servants, for "Of Such is the Kingdom!"


  1. When I first read this, I was confused, I thought you were saying the translators got something wrong in the Bible, and I was kindof impressed that you heard one verse and knew it was wrong. Then I realized you were being convicted of something. Thanks for the reminder to lead our little ones by serving.

  2. Great point! I too am guilty. My hubby comes home to a house I have spent much of the day cleaning up and he puts his stuff down and hops in the shower without a word. I usually then will point out- hey I vacuumed today, can you tell? Or all your clothes are clean, folded and put away for you, isn't that nice? He usually smiles and says thank you at that point. But I guess this is very true, I should just be happy to serve him even if I don't get anything- even words of appreciation- back in return here on earth. Thanks! Great post!!