The apostles said to the Lord, “Increase our faith!”
So you also, when you have done everything you were told to do, should say, “We are unworthy servants; we have only done our duty.
The apostles’ plea is a good one. After hearing Jesus teach about forgiving your brother multiple times each day, if need be – they ask Jesus for help! They want more faith, not just to believe, but to obey… to follow Him in this teaching. Jesus brings the image of the mustard seed to them. If their faith is only that small – great things can happen. I think that it was not the size of their faith that was the issue. Their faith just needed to be redirected. The focus needs to be not on the size of the apostles’ faith but on Him in whom they have faith. The apostles want greater faith. Jesus wants to refocus their faith. The apostles were unsure that they could live out such teaching in their lives. Jesus wants them to realize that it is God expressing His will through their lives. If they are trusting in their own faith in God rather than trusting God – their faith, regardless of its size, will be misplaced and ineffective! The focus is to be on God. This is why Jesus can surmise in verse 10 that the servant should say after accomplishing his tasks for his master, “I am an unworthy servant. I have only done my duty.” To say otherwise is to bring the attention and focus away from God. The human heart is so like this! It will clamor for attention. It will desire recognition. Never mind that what was assigned was from God, or that the gifts to accomplish it were from God, or that the strength and wisdom to finish it were from God… the human heart says, “Look what I have done!”
God has given me work to do. I have an assignment from Him. I take pleasure in this, not because I am worthy or up to the challenge, but because I am not. Yet God has given it to me anyway. I rejoice in the relationship I have with God – that by His grace I am His servant and can glorify Him with my life. I want to accomplish everything God intends for me to do. I want to enjoy the blessing of being His servant and doing His bidding! Any praise that comes my way is praise for God and I will deflect it towards Him! I am only doing my duty. In heaven, when we all get there, nobody is going to praise the works of my hands… the things I did while I was on earth. But I pray that they will praise what God did through me – all for His glory! I begin here and now, worshipping Him for His life lived through me.
Lord, I am Your servant… and I am listening! Glorify Yourself through me. Assign work for me to do, and whatever it is, my answer is ‘yes!’