Monday, May 21, 2012

Unprofitable Servants

Servant Heart by Jun Jamosmos

Sometimes in our roles as wives and mothers (and even as daughters) we get stuck in this rut of serving and feeling like we aren't getting anything back. I know for me having two very little children I rarely get a thank you for the things that must be done. Like washing dishes, or changing diapers, cleaning up a spill, cleaning a nose, giving a bath, and I could go on and on. But that feeling of not being appreciated can only set us up for failure!

Who said we would get a thank you? Who told us that we even should? Our Lord, Jesus, told us something very different. 
But which of you, having a servant plowing or feeding cattle, will say unto him by and by, when he is come from the field, Go and sit down to meat? And will not rather say unto him, Make ready wherewith I may sup, and gird thyself, and serve me, till I have eaten and drunken; and afterward thou shalt eat and drink? Doth he thank that servant because he did the things that were commanded him? I trow not. So likewise ye, when ye shall have done all those things which are commanded you, say, We are unprofitable servants: we have done that which was our duty to do. -Luke 17:7-10
We are merely servants sent here to fulfill the roles God has called us to. Be it daughter, wife, mother, friend or anything else. We are called to serve those that are put in our path. And when we begin to feel like we aren't being appreciated by those that we serve that means we are looking at ourselves as more than the "unprofitable servants" that we are.  

I know some may say but you don't know my family, they don't deserve to be served. To that I say you are absolutely right! But we aren't serving them because they are worth it. We do it because God has placed them in our lives for us to love, be kind to, and take care of. 

For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one anotherFor all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this; Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. -Galatians 5:13-14

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  1. Wonderful post Tewauna! I have not felt much like serving thanks for the reminder :)

  2. I'm glad it was a blessing to you Tesha! I needed the reminder myself! many times when I write it's because God is showing me what I need to fix! I'm just glad He allows me to share it with others.

  3. Maybe I have a martyr complex or something, but I never even think about getting thanks. ;) Actually, I think maybe it's because I wanted to be a wife and mom for SO LONG before I actually became one that it's still kind of new and fun to me. When I do get frazzled, it's not because I want thanks, it's because I'm trying to do everything myself and do it all perfectly. (Control-freak perfectionist, anyone?) :)

  4. @Robyn It's not so much that I want a verbal thank you but maybe flowers would be nice lol. I know exactly what you mean about wanting things to get done perfectly and trying to do it on our own, maybe it's the being born in September thing! :o)

    I've learned the hard way that it's better to just lean on the Lord and have Him direct my day because other wise I'm doomed before I even started.

  5. Tewauna--This was such a beautiful post. I found you on the Titus2 linkup and I am so thankful! This is exactly where God has been working in me lately, and the scriptures you used are ones I haven't reflected on yet. Thank you for your powerful words. I hope you don't mind, but I would love for you read and see what I mean about how pertinent your post is to me.
    Love and God Bless,

  6. Thanks for using my artwork image on your blog. I'd appreciate if anyone who would be using my artwork images for their sites would seek their permission from the artist first. That way, I would know who uses them and for what purpose. I in turn can advertise the blog or site where my artwork is being used. It works both ways I think. Take care and God bless! (Jun)


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