Jesus gives a brief story about the interaction between a servant and his master. The conclusion is that the servant should not expect any praise or special treatment for merely doing his job.
So too should be our attitude when we do what God expects of us.
Instead, we — I don’t think I’m alone in this — have a tendency to expect God’s attention and special favor when we merely do what we’re supposed to do. It’s as if we tell him, “Look what I did for you; now you need to do something for me.”
While I do think God appreciates and takes pleasure in the good things we do, he doesn’t owe us anything as a result.
He’s already given us everything through Jesus. What more could we want or need?
A lifelong student of the Bible, Peter DeHaan, PhD, wrote the 700-page website ABibleADay.com to encourage people to explore the Bible. His main blog and numerous books urge Christians to push past the status quo and reconsider how they practice their faith in every area of their lives.