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Daily Devotional

Unworthy Servants

Esther 1,2; Psalm 150; Luke 17

“Suppose one of you had a servant plowing or looking after the sheep. Would he thank the servant because he did what he was told to do? So you also, when you have done everything you were told to do, should say, ‘We are unworthy servants; we have only done our duty.’” Luke 17:7, 9, 10

What motivates us in ministry?
For some it is the affirmation and recognition they receive with service. Perhaps their father did not affirm them when they were younger, leaving a wound. The praise of others temporarily fills that hole inside and motivates them to continue serving. Jesus calls disciples in the kingdom, “unworthy servants”, who serve out of duty. In other teachings he calls us to love God and our neighbor. However, his point here is that we must be internally motivated and not externally manipulated. Man’s praise and rewards are fickle. The identity of a servant is that they serve, regardless of the cost.

Father God, I am your servant. May I be found faithful today.

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Daily Prayer Guide

K & A

“Praise God for great opportunities for A to share her faith with a friend. God has been at work before us and it’s amazing to see him drop us here in the middle of his plan. Our whole family has come through sickness in one form or another over the past few weeks, and it is still ongoing. Pray that we would recover our health. We appreciate your continued prayers for language learning, especially while trying to juggle life with three little ones. And please continue to pray with us that we would get plugged into friendships and community in this city.”

You, heavens above, rain down my righteousness; let the clouds shower it down. Let the earth open wide, let salvation spring up, let righteousness flourish with it; I, the LORD, have created it. ~ Isaiah 45:8

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