HOST: Ron House
The apostles said to the Lord, “Increase our faith!” And the Lord said, “If you had faith like a grain of mustard seed, you could say to this mulberry tree, ‘Be uprooted and planted in the sea,’ and it would obey you. “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.’ ”
“Increase our faith!” It is a commendable request made by the apostles. They desired to be better and stronger in their lives and in their service to the Lord. They wanted to be able to do all the things that Jesus was commanding them. But Jesus, knowing their hearts, warns them against the danger of becoming prideful in their faith and service, lest they begin to think that they, in their goodness, deserve a reward from God for all that they have done. Jesus reminds them, and us, of the role of a servant and the relationship of that servant with the master. We must remember that a servant’s role is to serve. He does not deserve or earn a reward for doing his duty. In our relationship with God, we are His servants. God has called us to serve Him, and we who are His children have answered that call and accepted that responsibility. We must remember that, no matter how much good we do, no matter how much knowledge or faith we have, we are still sinful creatures who have not earned a home in heaven. Our eternal reward is a gift of God’s grace. We must not depend on ourselves, but rather trust in God’s mercy and love for our eternal salvation.
How can we avoid trusting in ourselves for salvation?
Don’t forget to pray and have a great day!