Read: Luke 17:5-10
Meditation: “The Increase of Faith”
The request of the disciples for increased faith (v 5) comes on the heels of their realization of how challenging the Christian life is, particularly when it comes to forgiveness.
The rest of the passage unfolds along the lines of an assumed granting of their request. So, Jesus says in effect, “If your faith is increased it is not for the purpose of being able to claim you have more faith than you used to have, or worse, to claim you have more faith than someone else. The increase of faith is for one reason only–so you can do what you are supposed to do.”
The reference to the good slave is Jesus’ way of making the point. When a slave does his job well, he is not given an award, he is recognized only for having done what he was supposed to do. Ironically, this means getting more work to do.
Likewise, when we live the Christian life, it is not to get a reward or a prize. We have simply done what we are supposed to do. The result is that we move on to a new day, a new situation, or a new challenge–and do it all over again.
The increase of faith is not so we can be given a medal, but so we can be given a ministry.