More than Servants, More than Friends-A A +A
The Good News
Wednesday, October 2, 2013
THIS Sunday’s gospel is taken from Luke 17:5-10. The apostles said to the Lord, “Increase our faith!” He replied, “If you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mulberry tree, ‘Be uprooted and planted in the sea,’ and it will obey you.” He continues, “Suppose one of you has a servant plowing or looking after the sheep.
Will he say to the servant when he comes in from the field, ‘Come along now and sit down to eat’? Won’t he rather say, ‘Prepare my supper, get yourself ready and wait on me while I eat and drink; after that you may eat and drink’? Will he thank the servant because he did what he was told to do? 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.’”
What can be the point of reflection in this gospel? Plain and simple -- that we as human beings and as Christians are servants of the LORD. Why? Because God is the Creator and we are his creatures. The earth, everything in it, and all who live in it belong to the LORD (Psalm 24). Every good and perfect gift that we have come from Him (James 1:17), thus it is our duty to love the LORD with all our heart, soul, mind and strength (Mark 12:30).
God who is all-sufficient does not owe us anything. Rather, we who depend on him owe him everything. He is the vine; we are the branches. Apart from him we can do nothing (John 15:5).
When we do good, God is not in any way indebted to us. Doing our best to follow his commands does not give us the legal right to demand whatever we want from him. Doing our best to obey him is our duty, and when we are faithful in carrying out this duty God is pleased. And when God is pleased, he, out of his perfect will, wisdom and generosity, blesses his children who put their trust in him.
Moving on in his earthly life, Jesus made a new pronouncement. In John 15:15-16 here is what he said, “I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you. You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit -- fruit that will last -- and so that whatever you ask in my name the Father will give you. What a beautiful promotion in status from servants to friends!
But do you know that even prior to this one, there was even a better promise? In John 1:12 the status God gave us is more than that of friends. He gave us the right to become children of God. And how does that become possible? By receiving his only Son Jesus Christ as Savior and LORD and by believing in his name.
Yes, as Christians, we are more than servants; we are friends of God. Yet we are more than friends; we are children of the Most High.
Published in the Sun.Star Pampanga newspaper on October 03, 2013.