Have I Done Enough?

There are so many people who seem to be tireless in their service of others; so many who labor for years in service to our Lord.  Other people do a few things and feel that they have done their share, and then they go home…

When have we done enough to serve God?

Jesus spoke about this several times, but the one that really got my attention is found in Luke 17:7-10 where Jesus asks a question about servants.  To paraphrase, He says ‘Suppose you had a servant who worked all day long in the fields and then comes in after his work; would you tell him to sit down and take a load off?’  (remember, this is a paraphrase)  ‘No’ Jesus goes on, ‘you’d tell him to get your dinner ready, get ready to wait on you and then he can have his dinner.’ Here’s the question:

“Would he thank the servant because he did what he was told to do?” (v. 9)

Jesus was taking a pretty tough line here to demonstrate the answer to the question I lead the post with… how much is enough?

We are called as God’s servants to serve others, and there may not be a point in time when we can just say we’ve done enough.  That servant who worked in the fields all day long was probably tired, hungry and thirsty, but his job was to serve, and so he had to make the Master’s dinner and wait on him before the day was finished.

The last verse in this parable is the application:

“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.’”

Luke 17:10

Here we are, the Lord’s servants, and we have a job to do.  Take the Gospel to those who need to hear it, bring them into relationship with Jesus Christ, teach them to be disciples, and lead them to live their lives as Jesus lived: as a servant.  When we look around us, it is quite evident that there are still millions who need to hear about Jesus, who need to learn to be His disciples, and who need to be serving.

The good news is that there is still work to do, so let’s get moving!

The great news is that when we are finished and the Lord calls us home, we will have done our duty, and we will hear the only praise that we will ever need to hear: “Well done, good and faithful servant.”

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About Don Merritt

A long time teacher and writer, Don hopes to share his varied life's experiences in a different way with a Christian perspective.
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26 Responses to Have I Done Enough?

  1. Thank you for such an amazing post. This is so true!! As Christians we need to get in the habit of working for God continually, like he did for us, thanks again for the post!! God bless you 🙂

  2. Skye says:

    When I was young, having not been raised as a believer, I never imagined the dream of my life to be hearing those words. No, my dreams were quite different. Now, it is my passionate hope and dream for myself and my family…..”Well done, good and faithful servant.” Such heavenly words. Thank you, Don!

  3. Bette Cox says:

    Excellent, Don. But here’s a thought: suppose the Holy Spirit tells me to go to a specific store at 4:00 PM (as he occasionally does) but I stay home instead? I can do everything called for in various scriptures and still disobey the Lord, by not doing what he tells me to do today… don’t forget, Jesus, Holy Spirit and Father God are alive and well on planet earth, and very interested in our daily activities.

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  5. paulfg says:

    As I was reading this the thought “job = work = how much” rattled around. Followed by “I just am”. I never wonder as a father, a husband, a brother, a lover … “have I done enough” … I just am. But as an employee with the reward of a pay check … I count all the time.
    Not sure “how much” counts with our Lord.

  6. vw1212 says:

    This verse always humbles yet moves me. When you think you have been pouring out, it’s just your duty. vw

  7. Naomi says:

    Hi Don,

    This posting was so helpful. I’ve recently been moved by the Lord to look up articles on persevering in prayer, and bearing lasting fruit for the Lord. I just want to ensure that at least one of my works remains after going through the test of fire on judgement day (1 Cor. 3:15). I don’t want to be ashamed before Him at His coming. Being fruitless would definitely be a deep concern. I don’t believe one would lose one’s salvation (can you be unborn after being born again?) but the loss of rewards would be terrible. As you said, it is motivating to think of receiving praise from the Lord on that Day: “Well done, good and faithful servant.”

    Thanks for an inspiring post in Christian service. 🙂

  8. trotter387 says:

    This structured reasoning by Christ highlights two things about salvation:

    1 That no matter what we do we can never earn it. Jesus draws our attention to the role of the minister in this as he indicates that those who would be ministers are the salves of the kingdom. Once we have understanding we are obliged to expend ourselves in service because we are now owned by the kingdom.

    2 That no matter when we come to the truth of God’s Word that the reward for servants is our role is to recognise God given authority Jesus exercises over his congregation.

    As Jesus said ‘raise your eyes and see the fields are white for harvesting’ ‘the harvest is great and the workers are few’ so we need to proclaim, broadcast and preach the Good News (Gospel) of the kingdom everyday

  9. Citizen Tom says:

    No comments. Lots of likes, but no comments.

    Well, I will make one: Sunday. 🙂

    Too many of us thank God for the wrong day.

  10. Rebeca Jones says:

    Great reminder, Don. All too often, I find myself wanting to put my feet up and be done. A life following Christ is, by definition, in service to others, yes? It’s easy to try to separate ‘service’ from ordinary living. Living one’s life for Jesus permeates every moment–we are always ‘on the clock’ whether we remember that or not!

  11. Anonymous says:

    Love the Lord your God with all your heart and love your neighbor as yourself. Do that and it is enough. The Lord does not require works he requires faith and love. He gives you grace to do His will out of your love.

  12. Lightship says:

    I don’t think it is about service to others at all; it is about serving our Lord and Master… In order to be able to follow Jesus, one must first be able to “hear” him, and then move in obedience to him. Obedience is the key here, out of love for the truth who is Christ. It is not just spreading the Gospel in our flesh – or trying to teach people into Christ; which is impossible to do, as salvation is God’s work alone in whom he chooses.
    It is the habit of most western cultures (Churches) to go and operate independent of God’s leading, by natural understanding; as they have a Bible and doctrines, yet most have not been empowered or sent. This is a conceptual problem by westerners, as people have been taught to operate like this by Church institutions; rather than being led, and taught by the Holy Spirit. Many today, dare I say most; have never seen him or known him. Remember also that Jesus said to love NOT the world; or the love of the Father is not in him. The enemy has twisted the Gospel into loving the world, and people of the word, more than loving Jesus Christ (the TRUTH that they might be saved) and instead have mixed the things of the world, with the things of God.

  13. Lightship says:

    Never mind my last comment please; sorry for rolling in a grenade into your post – it is just that I am passionate about the truth, but I don’t think most people will understand my reasoning. They seem to have an idea God is all about love; yet don’t seem to realize he will also be on his throne soon, to burn those who’s name is not written in the lambs book of life. Every “false brethren” which I have met, always talks about Jesus (God) as being love: (It was the love of God which sent Christ – an action, and not just human sentiment): yet they seem to forget about his Holiness, and the need for being made whole in Christ, by way of the cross (requiring execution) of the old man. Many think they may enter by developing their “natural goodness” if you will. This IS NOT sufficient at all, and what I consider to be of the spirit of anti-Christ, or what PAUL CALLED AN ENEMY OF THE CROSS. Please, my intent on writing the above comment, was to draw attention to such heiresses; not to nit pick doctrine, or attack your post. It is probably to deep a subject to address in a comment box, and I should have had better sense, than to post this openly. My apologies, and I won’t be offended if you delete my postings, thanks

    • Don Merritt says:

      Thank you for sharing your views in both comments Lightship.

      I’ve noticed over the years that based upon a variety of factors, people will often emphasize one aspect of God over another, so that a person might over emphasize grace and love over service and righteousness, while another might go the other way entirely. One preacher might be so filled with grace that truth is hard to find in his message, while another might be so full of truth that his congregation is beat up every Sunday… well you get the idea.

      I may be wrong of course, but I think all of this is a mistake, for there is great balance between these things Who can deny God’s great love? Yet who can deny His righteousness? Who really believes that God has sent His Son to die for us, but has no business expecting anything from us as a result?

      In any case, I’m sure that your remarks will give people cause to ponder on these things, and I suppose that in this medium we can’t ask for much more than that.

  14. Lightship says:

    Thank you Don, for posting such a well said, and gracious response…Amen, brother.

  15. pfworld2014 says:

    Working tirelessly for God is the key. There is nothing better than working for HIM. I’m reblogging this!

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