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)
Today's Morsel: How would you define duty? When I was in the scouts, part of our motto was, "On my honor I will do my duty to God and to my country..." Duty is an obligation. It is something that somebody is obliged to do for moral, legal, or religious reasons. Joseph Joubert said, "Without duty, life is soft and boneless; it cannot hold itself together." If we do not fulfill our duty, our life will sooner or later fall apart. Our homes will fall down around us, our families will see us as being lazy, and people will be lost. Jesus said that when we are asked to do something do it and don't look for any credit for doing it because it was your duty to do (my wording). So the next time you are asked to do something, do it as unto the Lord and your life with be filled with meaning.
Sing: Jesus use me, oh Lord don't refuse me, for surely there's a work that I can do. And even though it's humble, Lord help my will to crumble, though the cost be great I'll work for You.
Thought for Today: Without duty life cannot hold itself together.