Just for a moment when I thought I’d like a bit more appreciation from people, and then I wondered whether I was wrong to think that.
Next, in my daily Bible reading schedule, I read the words of Jesus:
‘Supposing one of you has a slave ploughing or keeping sheep out in the field. When he comes in, what will you say? “Come here at once, and sit down for a meal?” No; you will be far more likely to say, “Get something ready for me to eat! Get properly dressed, and wait on me while I eat and drink! After that you can have something to eat and drink yourself.” Will you thank the slave because he did what you told him?
‘That’s how it is with you. When you’ve done everything you’re told, say this: “We’re just ordinary slaves. All we’ve done is what we we were supposed to do.” ’
Luke 17:1-10, New Testament for Everyone
William Barclay writes:
These verses tell us that we can never put God in our debt and can never have any claim on him. When we have done our best, we have done only our duty; and a man who has done his duty has done only what, in any event, he could be compelled to do.
Were the whole realm of Nature mine,
That were an offering far too small;
Love so amazing, so divine,
Demands my soul, my life, my all.
It may be possible to satisfy the claims of law; but every lover knows that nothing can ever satisfy the claims of love.