Affirmation Shouldn’t Drive Your Behavior

November 14, 2017

When you have done all you have been commanded, say, ‘We are unprofitable servants; we have done what we were obliged to do.’ (Luke 17:10)

Today’s reading from Luke gives us a reminder of our role as Christians. We are to do as we’ve been commanded. It is our job – it’s what we’re supposed to do.

But we don’t want to be unprofitable servants, do we? We want some profit – a kind word, a quick thank you, a little affirmation. Everyone deserves that, right? Is wanting that wrong?

No, wanting or appreciating a little affirmation here and there is not wrong. However, depending on it or needing it is wrong. Allowing it to drive our behavior is wrong.

It’s about humility. We do what God calls us to do because it is the right thing to do. As Christians, that’s what we signed up for. Our motivation is pleasing God and gaining eternal life. When we need affirmation or recognition to motivate us, our focus turns in on us and away from God.

One thought on “Affirmation Shouldn’t Drive Your Behavior

  1. This is an awesome and difficult Gospel to ponder.

    Dcn Rick is spot on about what we should EXPECT. But the corollary of that is what we should GIVE to our brothers and sisters in service, that is authentic appreciation.

    Someone once wisely told me the way to interpret this is be prepared to humbly serve, but don’t treat anyone else as a servant.

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