“That’s not fair!”

That was one of my go-to phrases when I was growing up. Inevitably, it would be met with the reminder that “Life’s not fair!”


We like fair when it’s in our favor, but the reality is, we don’t really want God to be fair. According to Romans 6:23, death is “fair.” It’s the wages of our sin. Thank God He isn’t “fair!”

We should live with an ever-grateful attitude, knowing Jesus paid the price we deserved to pay. If He never did one more great thing for us, never answered another prayer the way we wanted it answered, and never blessed us in any other way for the rest of our lives, He’s already done enough to be eternally worthy of our praise.

And yet, it’s easy to begin thinking God owes us more for our obedience.

Jesus tells a quick story in Luke 17 about the way masters and slaves (or in our context, bosses and employees) function together. He says a slave should not expect a reward for doing what he was told to do. He simply did his job, as was expected. With that in mind, Jesus says…

“when you have done all that you were commanded, say, ‘We are unworthy servants; we have only done what was our duty.'”

— Luke 17:10 ESV —

Don’t expect your obedience to earn you a reward. God doesn’t owe us favors; we owe Him our faithfulness. Just obey and stay faithful, then kill your spirit of entitlement by saying, “I am an unworthy servant; I have only done what was my duty.”


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