One of the things I've enjoyed by reading just one chapter a day is not rushing through passages. Again, I feel like I'm reading a section for the first time in verses 7 - 10:
7 “When a servant comes in from plowing or taking care of sheep, does his master say, ‘Come in and eat with me’? 8 No, he says, ‘Prepare my meal, put on your apron, and serve me while I eat. Then you can eat later.’ 9 And does the master thank the servant for doing what he was told to do? Of course not. 10 In the same way, when you obey me you should say, ‘We are unworthy servants who have simply done our duty.’”Reading this at first seemed a little harsh, yet when I went to my Life Application Bible, the footnote is really well done for these verses where they basically say:
Obeying God is our duty and we should regard it as a privilege.... Remember, obedience is not something extra we do; it is our duty. Jesus is not suggesting that our service is meaningless or useless, nor is He advocating doing away with rewards. He is attacking unwarranted self-esteem and spiritual pride.
Very appropriate and a necessary reminder in our lives.
I love this story of ten lepers where only one of the ten comes back to say thank you.
Happy Friday the 13th have a blessed day!