Growing up I was taught to have manners and to respect my elders. I was told to say thank you for the things I received. When I was told to do something and if I disobeyed and talked back to my parents, my father was quick to discipline me, and I’m not saying a nice talking to but a good old fashioned spanking! My father did not tolerate any lip from me and my brothers, especially towards my mother. And I am so very thankful for their discipline! 🙂
Today, children can be so disrespectful and unthankful. And it’s do to “sparing the rod.” They demand to be thanked or rewarded for doing what they are supposed to. I’m grateful when my daughters obey, but when they expect me to thank and reward them for every little thing they do, then it can be a little frustrating. I’m teaching them it’s their duty and responsibility to clean their room and not to expect anything in return.
In Luke 17:5-10, the disciples asked the Lord to increase their faith. Jesus explained to the them if they had the faith of a mustard seed they would speak to a mulberry tree to be uprooted and be planted in the sea, and it would obey them. He goes on to give an example of the relationship between a servant and his master.
“And which of you having a servant plowing or tending the the sheep, will say to him when he has come in from the field, ‘Come at once and sit down and eat? But will he not rather say to him, ‘Prepare something for my supper, and gird yourself and serve me until I have eaten and drunk, and afterward you will eat and drink’? Does he thank that servant because he did the things that were commanded him? I think not. So likewise you, 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.’ “
The Lord is not obligated to thank us for doing what we are supposed to do. Its not about “increasing our faith” but obeying what the Master has already commanded us to do. O Lord, may we obey rather than demand! -Clifford E.