““Would any one of you say to your slave who comes in from the field after plowing or shepherding sheep, ‘Come at once and sit down for a meal’? Won’t the master instead say to him, ‘Get my dinner ready, and make yourself ready to serve me while I eat and drink. Then you may eat and drink’? He won’t thank the slave because he did what he was told, will he? So you too, when you have done everything you were commanded to do, should say, ‘We are slaves undeserving of special praise; we have only done what was our duty.’””
Luke 17:7-10 NET
Jesus makes a big point here to his disciples. I’m not sure we ever pay attention to the passage. If we are bond servants of Christ and our end goal is to glorify God in all we do, then doing what we are supposed to do, what we have been commissioned to do, should be our job. I’m not saying don’t say to yourself “I really put my best effort in on this thing, good job Brad”. Instead, what I’m saying is that when we share the gospel of Jesus with others, we are doing what we have been asked to do.
It’s like this, I have 3 sons. I tell them about a dozen times to go clean their room, put away their toys and hang up their clothes. Finally, after sighs, moans, screams and negotiation they finish the task. Then they say “look what I did!” My response is encouraging but also “yes, you did what I asked, good job”. They didn’t clean their room of their own volition or put away their toys without me having to ask. Instead they are simply following a command I have given to them. I am pleased when they complete it, but it is what I expect of them.
I think that being salt and light in this dark world, sharing the gospel of Jesus with people around us and discipling them into a deep relationship with Jesus is what we have been called to do. That is what God expects from us. That is what He has commanded us to do.
How are you doing in this area? Are you being fed by those further along in their journey? Are you sharing what you’re learning and experiencing with others around you? How well would you say you are following God’s expectations for your life in making new disciples?
Let’s all strive to do better in this…not that it brings about salvation but rather as a result of our salvation. We have so much to be thankful for and we should desire to share it with others. Even more so, we have been commanded to do it!