We are no more then servants; we have only done our duty. Luke 17:10

Jesus said to his apostles that a master seeing his servant coming back from the field after ploughing or keeping sheep would say : ” Prepare my dinner, wait on me while I eat and drink; you can eat and drink afterward. ” The master would not thank his servant for doing him service because he hired him to be his servant. Whereas a servant does not do this for free, the master pays him for his duty. Jesus taught the apostles when they had done all that they had been told to do, say : ” We are no more than servants; we have only done our duty. ”

Jesus was a servant, he came to serve and not to be served. He was the servant of servants. An argument broke out among the apostles as to which one of them should be thought of as the greatest at the Lord’s supper. Jesus said to them; let the greatest among you become as the youngest, and the leader as servant. Yet I am among you as the one who serves. So he rose from the table, took off his outer garment and tied a towel round his waist. Then he poured some water into a basin and began to wash the apostles’ feet and dry them. Jesus demonstrated himself in humility, faithfulness and as one who served, with no obligation at all.

Abraham, the Father of nations did not serve as Jesus serve but he took the word of God faithfully. He carried out the word of God obediently by sacrificing his only son, Isaac on the altar. Being an obedient servant, he even won God’s approval as his ” Friend. ” He had done more than obliged to do.

The real happy people are those who have learned how to serve and love.