Week beginning: 3rd April, 2016

By John Scriven | Bath

"when you have done all those things which you are commanded, say, 'We are unprofitable servants. We have done what was our duty to do'".

Luke 17:10 (NKJV)

The secrets of our hearts

When we do something for God's Kingdom, whether in our daily work as lawyers or elsewhere, we may feel a glow of satisfaction, or even pride, that we have done something good. But there are reasons for humility in serving the Kingdom.

We have been given so much, and the opportunity and the grace to be part of God's Kingdom purposes is a privilege. And in our fallen nature, our motives for doing good can be mixed -- the Anglican Burial service reminds us: 'Thou knowest, Lord, the secrets of our hearts'.

And, while we may be tempted to believe that we can always predict the outcomes of our actions (so that we achieve what we intend), those outcomes are under the sovereignty of God.

So, as we consider the tasks we have this week, we can pray that:

  • we can know what God requires of us and that selfish motives will not get in the way;
  • we will want to do His will out of gratitude to Him; and
  • we will do so without the need for approval or applause from others.