Devotionals
 

Devotionals are short essays written by GSLC members and staff that explore the ways the Holy Spirit works within our every day lives.  There are several ways we invite you to use these devotionals:

  • Make them a part of a prayer practice - read a devotion and consider the ways that Christ has worked similarly in your life or works in unexpected ways.
  • Make them a part of a journaling practice - read a devotion and journal about what the Holy Spirit is stirring in you as you reflect on the essay.
  • Use them as a reminder that God works in all things, the bad and the good.

With over 400 available devotions, you can use these daily, weekly, or monthly.  It's up to you!  We just hope that by reading these inspiring stories provided by Good Shepherd's flock you are able to better see where Jesus is present in all things!  Thank you to all of our members that have provided devotionals throughout the past couple of years!

 
Good Shepherd Lutheran Church

Daily Devotion

by retired Pastor, Larry Donner

WORTHLESS ASPIRATIONS

Luke 17.7-10

“Who among you would say to your slave who has just come in from ploughing or tending sheep in the field, ‘Come here at once and take your place at the table’? Would you not rather say to him, ‘Prepare supper for me, put on your apron and serve me while I eat and drink; later you may eat and drink’? Do you thank the slave for doing what was commanded? So you also, when you have done all that you were ordered to do, say, ‘We are worthless slaves; we have done only what we ought to have done!’ “

So far this week, we wrestled with God like Jacob, found faith through doubt like Thomas, joined Paul in proclaiming Jesus’ resurrection to have changed everything, and learned from Luke that generosity is a way resurrection people keep their hearts in the right place. Today I am focusing on one of my funeral texts, which seems an appropriate place to end my week of meditations, don’t you think?

I share it with you not to be maudlin or morose but rather to impart to you an aspiration of mine that I hope is also an aspiration of yours. And that is: to be worthless!

If I am honest, I must confess to being a prideful person. I revel in the spotlight, delight in acclamation, love being loved. Should I do some little chore around the house or accomplish an even small task to help a neighbor and not receive at least a tiny accolade for my services rendered, I will sulk and gripe about how unappreciated I am. Just ask my wife … or kids … or former staff members!

Does any of this describe you? If so, Jesus is talking to you in this text even as he is talking to me.

It seems to me that “duty” has become a bit of a four-letter word in our society (pun intended). I admit the concept of duty can be used to manipulate or coerce people into doing things they ought not do. It’s been used to justify wars and to intimidate people into enduring abuses no one should suffer. Yet, duty as a sense of responsibility still has value, perhaps for people of faith more than anyone else. 

God loves us unconditionally and completely by entering into our life and death through Jesus. We are promised new, resurrected life in the future and, by the power of Christ’s Spirit working in us, are given new life in the here and now. How do we respond to that? We do our duty, which is nothing more than to love God and love our neighbors as ourselves. It’s just what resurrection people do!

Apple trees produce apples and grape vines produce grapes. In the same way, Christians live and love like Jesus. We do our duty not in order to get something in return – some accolade or thank you. It’s simply what we do. And we do it because we belong to Christ already. In that regard, doing our duty is worthless. It gets us nothing because, in Christ, we already have everything!

My prayer is that, by God’s grace, I will let loose of my pride and have “worthless aspirations.” May it be your prayer, too. And perhaps your funeral text, as well?

It’s been good sharing with you this week. Grace and peace!

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john soller

Thanks Larry. It's been good to have this visit with you. You continue to have the right words at the right time.

Blessings.

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