Reflection on Luke 17:5-10

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Passage: https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Luke+17.5-10

Scripture

The Lord answered, “If you had faith even as small as a mustard seed, you could say to this mulberry tree, “Be uprooted and thrown into the sea” and it would obey you.

Observation

The apostles ask Jesus to show them how to increase in faith. Jesus answered that just a mustard seed- sized faith would allow them to command a tree to be uprooted and it would be.

Jesus goes on to say that if a servant comes in from ploughing, the master doesn’t say, “Come in and have some dinner with me.” No, the master tells the servant to prepare a meal for him and the servant eats later. Likewise we should not feel proud when we obey God. We should tell ourselves, “We are just servants.”

Application

At first sight it seems that Jesus is offering some kind of super power called faith. Just a sprinkle of faith and you can perform miracles.

But He then puts faith into the context of obedience. Faith isn’t the ability to uproot trees at will or to leap tall buildings for that matter. It is about trusting in the power of God so that when He directs we speak or act in expectation of His miraculous power.

Spiritual gifts and miraculous power may be given for the service of God. They are never given for us to boost our self-esteem or to garner the praise of people.

Our focus must always be on serving the Lord, not on the gifts He chooses to grace us with.

Prayer

Lord you promise great gifts to all who use them humbly. Help me Lord to look to you so that I serve you in all things. Amen.

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