Week 29, Day 4 and 5
Week 29, Day 4 and 5
July 21-22, 20222
Scripture: Luke 17-18
“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 17:10)
“People were also bringing babies to Jesus for him to place his hands on them. When the disciples saw this, they rebuked them. But Jesus called the children to him and said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. Truly I tell you, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.”” (Luke 18:15–17)
At Great Lakes Christian College, one alumnus is honored for their service in the kingdom at the final chapel of the school year. At one honors chapel, a missionary stood on the stage and received the prestigious Distinguished Servant award. The recipient quoted, “I am an unworthy servant, I have only done what was asked of me.”
That chapel was 18 years ago. It made an important impression on me, and shaped my attitude on ministry and service. I’m grateful for his humble example of service in the kingdom.
We tend to make much of ourselves. We live in a self-focused and self-promotion world. The way you get ahead is by using others as stepping-stones to where you are trying to get.
Babies were being brought to Jesus. Disciples shooing them away. Jesus rebukes them, and says, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these.”
The world has changed quite a bit. Our world revolves around children. In the ancient world, children were stepping-stones, a means to an end. Jesus keeps teaching us lessons about life and what really matters in the kingdom of God. It’s not about acquisition of wealth, power or self-importance. Life is found in laying our lives down. It’s about humility.
At the end of our lives, when we receive our reward, let us share together:
“We are unworthy servants, we have only done what has been asked of us.”
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Jordan Ickes, Minister of Etna Green Church of Christ.