Luke 17:7-10 Unworthy Servants.  “Will any one of you who has a servant plowing or keeping sheep say to him when he has come in from the field, ‘Come at once and recline at table’?  Will he not rather say to him, ‘Prepare supper for me, and dress properly, and serve me while I eat and drink, and afterward you will eat and drink’?  Does he thank the servant because he did what was commanded?  So you also, when you have done all that you were commanded, say, ‘We are unworthy servants; we have only done what was our duty.’”
Is Jesus saying that Christians are unworthy servants ? Yes. Jesus didn’t go to the cross for us because of how good we are, but because of his mercy towards us. We are sinners who needed a savior.
But in these verses he is saying to the disciples that they (and we) must be careful not to become proud of the things we do for Him. This is what we ought to be doing.
We have been saved to do good works by following and obeying Jesus. This is the expected result of our salvation.
Ephesians 2:8-10 8] For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God,  not a result of works, so that no one may boast.  For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.
Ii think at one time people were a bit more humble than they are now. We raised a whole bunch of kids in the 80’s and 90’s on participation trophies that said great job even though they didn’t come close to winning and it hasn’t stopped. These kids are now adults raising in many cases kids even more spoiled and entitled than they were.
Those same adults now expect to get kudos no matter what they do and no matter how well they do it. My mother always said it was better to allow others to notice your accomplishments on their own rather than tooting your own horn and seeming a fool. There are a lot of fools these days.
Not many people today are willing to give of themselves or their money without something in return for their efforts and that is not the same as works. Wanting even praise for it cheapens it and makes it something completely different.
As a pastor I listen to says people today like Satan have an “I” problem you know Satan said things like “I” will be like the Most High, “I” will set my throne on the holy mountain, and more. Humans have been doing the same thing for centuries. Just look on YouTube and you will see many of the modern version of this “I” problem “I” want, “I” need, “I have to fame, popularity, and “I” have to be the center of attention. So what is in the center of sin “I” it is at it’s core self centered, self absorbed, and not caring about anything unless it gives the attention they seek.
Thank you for this post. It’s a good reminder.
We have been ‘saved to serve’