Tuesday: 13th November, 2018

Reference text: Luke 17:7-10

Luke 17:9 Does he thank that servant because he did the things that were commanded him? I think not.

Over the last few weeks, I have had the opportunity to work alongside a team of people who at the end of the day, are always quick to say ‘Thank you for your help today’. Even though the reality is that each person present had a responsibility, the showing of appreciation at the end is beautiful. In fact, so beautiful that I don’t know how the feeling will be if those words are missing at the end of a particular working day.

That was what was running through my mind as I thought about the words in the Gospel: ‘servants who expect applause for doing their responsibility’. This could strike a very lively debate, because we can very easily stand on opposite ends of this conversation: ‘expect applause or just do what you have to do without being disappointed if you are not held in high esteem for doing it’

These words of Jesus may sound a bit unfair, even harsh on those who bear responsibility. However, it has to be so because tying every responsibility with an expectation of appreciation, could create an array of significant issues. Does one carry out those responsibilities half-heartedly, according to the degree of appreciation received? Or go as far as shedding them because we will not be appreciated for doing them anyway?

Beloved, the definition of responsibility binds you to a specific cause of action, so let me reiterate these words: it is good to be appreciated hence, you may expect applause for doing what you have been tasked to do. But, you ought not be disappointed if you do not receive any plaudits for those efforts: they are responsibilities.

Remember # Responsibilities are called so for a reason.


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