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As servants of God, we are compelled to honor Him. As His servants, we have a responsibility to live up to the high calling of Jesus Christ. This is not an option, but a requirement. In Luke 17:10, we find these words:

“In the same way, when you obey me you should say, ‘We are unworthy servants who have simply done our duty.’”

We tend to interpret the word “servant” to mean “slave: a person forced to work for and obey another and is considered to be their property.” But that was not the purpose here. It was intended in the spiritual sense. Paul said, “I am a slave for Christ.” All of us should be servants or slaves as we honor the Master. Sometimes we get hung up on words, but we must remember that in this context, “slave” means more than the American experience of slavery. Here it refers to one who follows the commandments given by God. In verses 11 through 19, we read the account of the Ten Lepers. It is amazing, that of the ten healed, only one returned to thank God. He was a Samaritan: a grateful Samaritan at that. Servants of God should have a grateful heart and be willing to express their gratitude. As servants of God, we recognize that we are not our own, but we have been bought with a price. Read this story when you get a chance. Prayerfully, it will encourage us to be faithful Servants of Christ.