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“Faith And One’s Duty”
The disciples came to Jesus asking Him to increase their faith. In response, Jesus talked about their duties as servants in Luke 17:10 saying, “So likewise you, when you have done all those things which you are commanded, say, ‘We are unprofitable servants. We have done what was our duty to do.’”
Increasing one’s faith is not some magical formula, rather it comes from being a humble servant of Jesus Christ, and it never involves personal glory or reward.
While a servant does have rights, they are subservient to the needs of the master. After working in the field all day, when supper comes the servant must first prepare and serve the master’s meal. Only afterward can the servant eat (Luke 17:8).
Further, the servant shouldn’t look for appreciation for doing their job, but instead realize they’re only doing what’s expected. Instead, they should be seeking the good of their master, by doing what they’re told.
Our duty is to meet the needs of God’s kingdom, and whatever our needs are, they’re subservient to the kingdom of God. Our duty is to fulfill the purposes of God before we fulfill our own needs. And the neat part is that when we do, God will meet our needs in the process.
“But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.” (Matthew 6:33)
We also must not become prideful and puffed up in how the Lord is using us but remember that it is the Lord who gave us this ability. Further, Jesus said that whoever is going to be great, must first be a servant (Mark 10:43-44).
Being an unworthy servant, none of us are truly worthy in any aspect, because we’re all sinners saved by grace. Only Jesus is worthy. So, increasing one’s faith is about doing our duty in serving God.
And when we do, we can say to that mulberry tree, be planted in the sea (Luke 17:6).
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