We should be humble in whatever we do for Jesus and not delude ourselves into thinking that we can merit any favor or grace in any way.
I totally concur with saying what the Word says about our identity in Christ.
We should say what God says about us.
But this passage really addresses those who teach there are higher levels spiritually that some reach and some do not.
There is salvation by grace and there is growth in grace. Knowing Christ is how both take place. God does not owe us anything now that we are saved and obey him.
“When we realize all that God has done for us in Jesus, we want to serve Him out of gratitude. When our hearts are right, we live and act as if we are happy to have the privilege of being allowed to serve God.” (D. Guzik).
Some people think because they have done so much more for God than others they think God owes them something such as: health, money and position.
He does not. When he chooses to bless He has his glory in mind.
God is self sufficient. He does not need anything. The Bible is all about what God has done, is doing and will do. It is not about how wonderful we are.
The facts are, God cannot gain anything by what we do and is never in our debt despite how much we do for him.
God is self sufficient. All things come from him. What can we give back to him except what he has already given us?
He has no need of us, and anything we do does not improve his status in the universe because he is already perfect. He is already God with or without us.
Sadly, much of what we do falls short anyway.
Do not respond to this with lengthy diatribes on having bad self esteem when Christ says we should call ourselves. “Unprofitable servants.”
His love for us is based totally in grace and he is not indebted to us in any way. This verse simply reminds us where we came from and not to forget that we are in a state of grace and no one will brag about anything when they get to heaven (1 Cor. 1:29).
Serving him is our privilege- for God is happy all by himself and we are a hot mess without him and find the grace we need and the peace we need because or who He is all by Himself.