Mike and I became good friends when we were in college. We were thrown together on the decorating team! Every Monday afternoon, for three hours, all the theological students were involved in some form of labour. It helped to keep the fees lower as we took responsibility to maintain the grand old mansion where our studies were based. So Mike and I painted rooms and talked Christian doctrine. After leaving college I regularly preached at a church where Mike was pastoring in Somerset. On the Saturday night, as we prepared for the Sunday services, Mike and I would go to an upstairs room in the house to pray. I vividly remember Mike praying the words found here (10), saying, ‘Lord, when we have done all, let us know that we are unprofitable servants and have only done our duty.’ His prayerfulness and humility left a great impression on me. Whenever you are complimented for any act of Christian ministry, think about these words and let them keep you in your place.
This short passage says to me, ‘Remember who you are and Whose you are. Remember what you are. Above all, keep in mind who Jesus is. He’s the Master, and you are here to serve Him, and not the other way round.’
Jesus may do many wonderful things for you. That’s His grace. It’s undeserved. He is not obligated to do anything. As a servant I need to keep my focus on doing for Him.
”Does the servant get special thanks for doing what’s expected of him? It’s the same with you. When you’ve done everything expected of you, be matter-of-fact and say, ‘The work is done. What we were told to do, we did.’ ” The Message.
Prayer: Help me, humble Lord Jesus, to keep my life in perspective, and to not think more highly of myself than I should.