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Luke 17:10 (NIV)

We are unworthy servants; we have only done our duty.

Many Christians forget that we are unworthy of being God's servants and view our walk with God and the road to heaven as a race that needs to be completed. There is some merit to that worldview. The Apostle Paul encouraged us to run this race of holiness with perseverance to win the crown (1 Corinthians 9:24, 2 Timothy 4:7-8). However, many miss that the Christian life is a life of obedience and service to God. In other words, we don't get to decide the crown we'll wear, the prize we'll win, or the honor we'll receive from God our Father in heaven. Those issues are for God Almighty to decide. The Lord Jesus Christ admonished His Apostles, saying that the positions to sit at His right and left are for God to decide (Mark 10:40).

This does not mean we should be lax or careless in our Christian service. On the contrary, as servants of God unworthy to hold His sandals, we should do our duty in this life with reverent fear and trembling (Philippians 2:12-13). However, it does mean that our obsession should not be with winning crowns and prizes in heaven but with pleasing our Master and glorifying Him with our service. We are all unworthy servants who are merely doing our duty (Matthew 25:23). I would be eternally blessed just to be in the Lord's Presence, even if I have to clean the streets of heaven daily.

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