Focus Scripture: Luke 17:9-10
You can tell Jesus never took a Dale Carnegie course. No "please" and "thank you" here. Instead, Jesus says people should not expect a "thank you" for doing what they are supposed to do.
But we like our thank yous. We like getting a pat on the back and being told we are doing a good job. I see this in the church. Church members get tired of doing the work of the church. Even if their membership vows said that they would support the church with "their prayers, their presence, their gifts, and their service,and their witness," they like to receive recognition for keeping their vows, and some even threaten to walk away if they don't.
It reminds me of the parable of the laborers in the vineyard: the workers hired early in the day are paid the agreed upon wage. The workers who were hired at the end of the day were paid the same wage. Those who worked all day cried, "foul, not fair. We should be paid more." But they received what they were entitled to. They had no basis for complaint.
What Dale Carnegie said of a leader (you should give thank yous) does not mean that the worker should EXPECT extra recognition. Rather, we should all do what we are called to do, or what we vowed we would do, without expectation of special treatment or recognition. Should special recognition come our way, our response should not be, well it's about time. Rather, we should humbly say, "I was only doing my job."