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New Devotional Series

Posted by: David Carroll

I just started using a new book for my daily devotional. It is Dallas Willard's Hearing God. In the preface, he talks about Jesus' parable of the unprofitable servant:

Luke 17:7-10 (NKJV)

And which of you, having a servant plowing or tending sheep, will say to him when he has come in from the field, ‘Come at once and sit down to eat’? 8But will he not rather say to him, ‘Prepare something for my supper, and gird yourself and serve me till I have eaten and drunk, and afterward you will eat and drink’? 9Does he thank that servant because he did the things that were commanded him? I think not. 10So likewise you, when you have done all those things which you are commanded, say, ‘We are unprofitable servants. We have done what was our duty to do.’

When I read this, I was struck immediately with the thought that Jeus is saying this is the way I am supposed to be. Just do my duty and accept God's gracious provisions. Who am I to argue with Jesus own words? But then I remembered that Willard had made the point that God desires us to be more than servants, he desires to be a friend. Now that's a whole other level than just doing what we are supposed to do. In fact, it speaks of a whole new motivation for doing His will. I think Jesus is pointing out that just doing his will is not satisfying. I know when I read that parable at first I was not very satisfied with the picture it was painting.

So here is my new thought that I wrote in my margin: "You can keep God's commandments without loving Him, but you can't love Him without keeping his commandments." I know which side of that equation I want to be on. I think I am going to enjoy this book.

I am going to try to post a “thought for the day” here while I progress through this book. Pray for me that I will be faithful.

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