Your Slave? I Thought We Were Friends?

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friendsWhich 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. Luke 17:7-10

This saying of Jesus, strikes me as contradictory to what He told His disciples in John 15:15 “No longer do I call you slaves, for the slave does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all things that I have heard from My Father I have made known to you.” The more I think about it, I realize Jesus is not defining the relationship (Slave or Friend), but rather the high expectation He has of our holiness, devotion and faith. This illustration was given to amplify His answer to the disciples’ request “increase our faith”. To which Jesus says “increase your obedience”.

How is my increasing faith accompanied by increasing obedience?

God, thank you for another day of wonderful and purposeful life. There are many prayers about situations on my mind. What is on Your’s? There is gratitude in my heart for a brief season of rest You have provided. Would You lead and guide me today so that I might be a blessing to all I encounter. One quick prayer for Brian, as you lead him toward obedience and baptism and sobriety day by day. Give him favor at his court custody hearing.

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