Ever been pulled over and thanked by a police officer for going the speed limit?

Obedience need not be rewarded.
Obedience need not be rewarded.
Obedience need not be rewarded.

For some reason this flies in the face of some of my core beliefs and causes immediate tension within me. 

I’m just not sure why yet. 
I need to unpack this more and do some soul searching. 

I mean from how I parent and the gratitude I expect from my kids.. to how I lead others and expect to be lead.. all the way to how I live my life before my Maker, my Master (and maybe even how I judge others lives!) 

This thought is taken from Luke 17: 7-10 ‘obedience need not be rewarded’..and if anything..my response should be of the lowest humility speaking out that I am unworthy and only doing my duty to my Master. Head down not hand out! 

“When a servant comes in from plowing or taking care of sheep, does his master say, ‘Come in and eat with me’? No, he says, ‘Prepare my meal, put on your apron, and serve me while I eat. Then you can eat later.’ And does the master thank the servant for doing what he was told to do? Of course not. In the same way, when you obey me you should say, ‘We are unworthy servants who have simply done our duty.’” (Luke 17:7-10 NLT) 

  • When I go the speed limit I’m never pulled over and thanked by an officer.
  • When I play by the rules no one stops the game to give me an “attaboy” for playing correctly.
  • When I sacrifice to give to others or serve someone in need, there should be no pat on the back or extravagant recognition.

I know I struggle with these things. For whatever reason, whether it be my upbringing, the culture, or my sinful selfishness and envy..I want to be recognized, seen and thanked as doing it right, playing by the rules, giving & serving, etc. And those who don’t play by the rules shouldn’t receive the same thing I do. That wouldn’t be fair. (Ugh. Just re-reading that brings my heart into full view. And it’s not pretty.) 

My prayer today:: 

“God, I am sorry. I am selfish. I want recognition. But it is all about You. You are my Master. I am your servant. I want to quietly do my duty that You have called me and saved me for.  Thank you for your patience and your forgiveness.”

Do you struggle with wanting some kind of recognition for doing what you know you’re supposed to do anyway?

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