Everywhere I seem to read lately brings me back to Obedience. Sunday before last, we discussed with everyone Luke 17 and just following along from the Parables we have been reading and continuing on in Luke. See below excerpt
7."Suppose one of you had a servant plowing or looking after the sheep. Would he say to the servant when he comes in from the field, 'Come along now and sit down to eat'?
8. Would he not rather say, 'Prepare my supper, get yourself ready and wait on me while I eat and drink; after that you may eat and drink'?
9. Would he thank the servant because he did what he was told to do?
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.' "
We do some work for the Lord and we think more highly of ourselves than we ought to think. We are only simply doing what is required of us. That is what we are commanded to do. We are sometimes blamed for us having a works mentality toward Salvation when actually it is only our reasonable service to the Lord. We are not working for our Salvation as much as we are working to keep our Favor with the Lord. YOU HAVE DONE EVERYTHING YOU WERE TOLD TO DO, YOU SHOULD SAY WE ARE UNWORTHY SERVANTS. Imagine that being the thought process of Christians and how that would bring about a humbleness that would lead others to salvation, then again, Maybe not - as most people are looking for rewards and not for WORKS UNTO UNWORTHINESS. After sharing a little of this with Danny, he reminded me that in the parable of the talents, the wicked servant was cast into outer darkness for not doing what his Master required of him. Another great example of why obedience is required. Not just to avoid temporal judgment, but eternal.