Changing Lives Ministry
Daily Devotional
"grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus
Christ. To him be the glory both now and to the day of eternity."
2 Peter 3:18

Holiness, Godliness, Usefulness
05/28/2014, by John Kincaid

Lesson 250: The Master Owes No Thanks

The key is the object of our faith. Should we trust that God will bless once we are good enough?

What about mind over matter, the power of positive thinking? If we listen to tapes while we sleep, and drive away all doubt from our minds by reaching deep inside, will God be pleased?
In reality, our excellent thoughts and deeds do not move God to act on our behalf.

God will act only when we depend completely on His mercy, which we don’t deserve or earn.
Jesus continues in Luke 17:7-10 with the parable of an ungrateful landowner.

God is not moved to bless people just because they have fulfilled their duties. God is not impressed by our deeds; this troubles us. Jesus says the master owes no thanks.

Imagine if a realtor helped us buy a home, then tried to move in with us.

The disciples must have thought: “But Lord, we left our homes and jobs to follow you!” We think that our sacrifices should mean that God owes us something.

But God is not obligated to love us; our efforts do not earn us a seat at His table.

About This Series

The goal of this series is to become more useful in serving the Lord Jesus Christ, as an instrument in the Redeemer's hand. The theme verses for the series are Ephesians 4:22-24, Philemon 11, 2 Timothy 2:21

- to put off your old self, which belongs to your former manner of life and is corrupt through deceitful desires, and to be renewed in the spirit of your minds,
- and to put on the new self, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness.
- Formerly he was useless to you, but now he is indeed useful to you and to me.
- Therefore, if anyone cleanses himself from what is dishonorable, he will be a vessel for honorable use, set apart as holy, useful to the master of the house, ready for every good work


Changing Lives Ministries
Asheville, NC 28803

Phone: (828) 318-9825

For Further Reading

These authors and books were
helpful in preparing this series:

Bryan Chapell:
   "Holiness by Grace"
Kris Lundgaard:
   "The Enemy Within"
Jerry Bridges:
   "The Pursuit of Holiness",
   "The Practice of Godliness",
   "Respectable Sins",
   "Trusting God",
   "The Discipline of Grace",
   "Transforming Grace"
Warren Wiersbe:
   "Bible Exposition Commentary"
A.W. Tozer:
   "The Pursuit of God", 
   "The Knowledge of the Holy"
J.I. Packer:
   "Rediscovering Holiness"
Russell D. Moore:
   "Tempted and Tried"
Paul Tripp: "Instruments
   in the Redeemer's Hands"
Timothy Lane & Paul Tripp:
   "How People Change"

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Unless otherwise noted, all Scriptures are from: The Holy Bible: English
Standard Version. 2001. Wheaton: Standard Bible Society.

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