Luke 17:5-10 (NASB)
The apostles said to the Lord, “Increase our faith!” And the Lord said, “If you had faith like a mustard seed, you would say to this mulberry tree, ‘Be uprooted and be planted in the sea’; and it would obey you. Which of you, having a slave plowing or tending sheep, will say to him when he has come in from the field, ‘Come immediately and sit down to eat’? But will he not say to him, ‘Prepare something for me to eat, and properly clothe yourself and serve me while I eat and drink; and afterward you may eat and drink’? He does not thank the slave because he did the things which were commanded, does he? So you too, when you do all the things which are commanded you, say, ‘We are unworthy slaves; we have done only that which we ought to have done.’”
Oh, how often we want to instantly be praised and thanked for doing the things we have been instructed to do by our Master. And the world tells us that it should be this way, that immediate gratification is proper, if not best. But just maybe we are not seeing God’s love for us as it really is, especially when we feel that we are not getting from Him what we deserve.
God’s love, we have to know, is of the present and of the future. And each and every day we are being rewarded with opportunities to serve our Lord, opportunities to love others and opportunities to share the Gospel? Where do we believe life comes from anyway and whom do we believe sustains that same life? It is not ourselves for sure; no it is our God, the beginning and the end.
If only we can have just a little faith, just enough faith that the Lord our God will take care of us as we serve Him obediently and submit ourselves to His will. With just a little faith we can move mountains. With just a little faith we are able to make the entrenched take up a new position.
We all are but unworthy slaves to one master or another. Those of us who choose the Lord God of Israel have a future and will eat and drink after He is served, those of us who don’t, well we simply won’t. It is up to you, the Lord God Almighty or another lesser god of this world.
The choice is yours.