Today's devotion is based on Luke 17:10, "So you also, when you have done everything, you were told to do, should say, 'We are unworthy servants; we have only done our duty.'"
When we perform a good work prompted by faith in Jesus, we don't say to God, "All right, God, did you see that nice thing I did for someone? Chalk that up on my list of good deeds, so I get the proper reward when I die."
A Christian's loving actions aren't prompted by getting things in return for their service. A Christian's acts of love are simply part of being a follower of Jesus. Faith delights in duty because faith grasps what Jesus has already done for me. So, when I do the things that God has commanded me to do, I can say, "I have only done what my Savior has already done for me one million times over. I delight in serving him by serving others.
Please pray with me, Dear loving Lord; please help me to love and serve others as you have loved and served me. Amen.