No Special Thanks

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“Suppose one of you has a servant who has been working in the field, plowing or caring for the sheep. When he comes in from work, what would you say to him? Would you say, ‘Come in, sit down and eat’?  Of course not! You would say to your servant, ‘Prepare something for me to eat. Then get ready and serve me. When I finish eating and drinking, then you can eat.’  The servant should not get any special thanks for doing his job. He is only doing what his master told him to do.  It is the same with you. When you finish doing all that you are told to do, you should say, ‘We are not worthy of any special thanks. We have only done the work we should do.’” Luke 17:7-10 ERV

There’s no special thanks for doing what you were hired to do, right? After all, if you’re hired to do a job, the check you receive at the end of the week is your boss’s ‘special thanks’ for doing what he hired you to do. If you don’t do the job, more then likely, you won’t get paid.

I was actually thinking of this story this morning in light of faith, because faith is our servant. It’s suppose to work for us. Faith without work is standing in an unemployment line. It’s always waiting for you to put it to work. I can have tons of servants, but if I give them nothing to do, as my dad used to say, they stand around with their ‘teeth in their pockets and their hands in their mouthes’.

My brothers and sisters, if a person claims to have faith but does nothing, that faith is worth nothing. Faith like that cannot save anyone.  Suppose a brother or sister in Christ comes to you in need of clothes or something to eat.  And you say to them, “God be with you! I hope you stay warm and get plenty to eat,” but you don’t give them the things they need. If you don’t help them, your words are worthless.  It is the same with faith. If it is just faith and nothing more—if it doesn’t do anything—it is dead. James 2:14-17 ERV

This is faith at work in the simplest way! If we don’t do the little, what makes us think we can do the much? If we’re not willing to trust God in the little, how can we trust Him in the much? We must first use our faith for a headache before we, in desperation, turn to God with our disease.

Let’s put our faith to work today. Let’s listen when the Lord lays someone on our hearts and put action to it. Sometimes it’s easier to throw money at someone’s need rather then invite them in for a meal. But that doesn’t demonstrate the Father’s love like sharing a meal and sharing Jesus with them. Listening, loving, having compassion, taking time out of your busy schedule to minister to someone, mentoring a child, a young mother, whatever you see around you, stop brushing it off on someone else and reach out. Make your faith work for you.

Father, make me sensitive when I’m not. Help me to stop and look around me instead of being so focused that I forget. When Your voice is drowned out by the noise around me, may I be still and tune in to show Your love and meet a need in others that only You can fill. Forgive my selfishness. I employ my faith today. My faith will obey the words of my mouth and bring back opportunities and blessings so that I can bless others. It’s in Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.

 

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