Sunday, September 25, 2011

Luke 17:7

"And which of you, having a servant plowing or tending the sheep, will say to him when he has come in from the field, 'Come at once and sit down to eat'? NKJV
I do not want to allow thoughts of having 'done enough' to enter my mind or expectations of rest or even rewards whenever I please because of how much I have done, regardless of how much there is left to do. Who would expect the master to do the servants duty? Doesn't our Master already give us great blessings and hasn't He already given us a "payment"?

As we enter into the Cultural module and our work load increases, I want to pray for the ability to continue working and maintain focus as thoughts of taking a break begin to enter my mind and I can't afford it until after the work is fully done; a joyful heart and focused mind as the time drags on so that I would not feel discouraged; and a timeliness in the completion of work so that after "working the fields" and "cooking my master's meal" I might still have the time to 'eat something' myself.

In everything I do I should be honoring Christ; He is my master and I am His servant. Whether literally working in a field and cooking a meal or reading what I've been assigned and doing the homework, a servants job is not to do a portion of the work and relax when they feel enough has been done; a servant is to do all of their work and all that is commanded by their master, and THEN they are allowed to have their meal or allowed to hang out and relax with fellowship.

Besides, His yoke is light and the work I am called to here truly little, especially when compared to the work He has done and the price paid in so doing. Nothing I do can match up with THE blessing Christ gave me in forgiveness, or the multitude He provides throughout my life.

I should not expect rewards for doing that which I am called to. There is no way I can expect any reward at all. For the things He has done for us, and beyond that, for His sovereignty as God and master, no matter and whatever I am called to there is no payment I deserve; the works I am called to can be called nothing more than reasonable acts of service.

For we are His portion and He is our prize!
Brought to redemption by the grace in His eyes
If grace is an ocean we're all sinking~

Now to Him who is able to keep you from stumbling,
And to present you faultless
Before the presence of His glory with exceeding joy,
To God our Savior,
Who alone is wise,
Be glory and majesty,
Dominion and power,
Both now and forever.

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