Text: Luke 17:8-10
“So likewise you, when you have done all those things which you are commanded, say, ‘We are unprofitable servants. We have done what was our duty to do.’
Grace has no place for self glory. Grace is about Christ finishing the work and calling you to enter into the harvest. The only work required of you is the willingness to accept the amazing offer. Only those who work can glory in what they have done. They have reasons to be proud, but not with the beneficiary of an undeserved free gift.
“For who makes you differ from another? And what do you have that you did not receive? Now if you did indeed receive it, why do you boast as if you had not received it?” (I Cor 4:7)
Religious spirit manifests in the flesh and seeks self glory. It is a counterfeit of the spirit of grace. Thus, a common trademark of the religious spirit is always craving for honour and positions in the church. Unlike the Spirit of grace, the spirit of religion seeks for a place in the church where he/she will be recognized and commended (Phil 2:3-4). Such service is motivated by a desire to gratify the flesh rather than serving out of indebtedness to God for His love; more concerned with task and praises of men rather than honouring God and thinking of others. “Woe to you Pharisees! For you love the best seats in the synagogues and greetings in the marketplaces.” (Luke 11:43).
Beloved, never allow the spirit of religion to replace the Spirit of grace. Our text today calls us to serve with humility, gratitude and understanding of our indebtedness to God. Never allow position, honour and human praise to be your motivation for service in the church.
1. Father, I thank You for the grace to serve and help me never to permit religious spirit in my service in Jesus name.
2. Father, help me to always serve You with humility, gratitude and understanding of my indebtedness to You in Jesus name.
1. I serve with the Spirit of grace and so position, honour and human praise can never motivate me.
2. My motivation as I serve is that “I am only doing what is my duty to do”.