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01/05/2012

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Faith - Use It Or Lose It


"Suppose one of you had a servant plowing or looking after the sheep. Would he say to the servant when he comes in from the field, 'Come along now and sit down and eat'? Would he not rather say, 'prepare my supper, get yourself ready and wait on me while I eat and drink; after that, you may eat and drink'" (Lk.17:6-7).

All that we read here (Lk.17:6-10) is Jesus' response to the disciples request for an increase in faith. The words in today's verses are quite interesting. Just what is Jesus saying here? I think that He is saying that faith is your servant...People have servants because they need someone to serve. The servant is not simply for decoration..He is there to serve! Faith is like a servant and you should employ it as such and keep it busy. Faith is there to serve you, whenever you command it to serve. We need not get overly excited when it works, because that is what it is there to do. There is another thought here. Have any of you had a broken bone that was in a cast for an extended period of time. The muscle around that bone cannot carry on daily activity, and when the cast is removed it has become weaker. We call it muscle atrophy. We might compare our faith to a muscle. As long as it used in a regular fashion, it will function as it should. But if it is put into a cast and immobilized, its function will be greatly diminished. There may be some movement, but not enough to carry a load. Jesus tells us to get out there and use our faith. Even if it is the size of a mustard seed, it can start to move some of the mountains and trees that are blocking our path. Jesus tells us to exercise our faith----it will work! A servant must serve, and faith is our best servant. We all know the saying about the person who snoozes....Faith unused will be lost...We must allow it to serve us.

Have a great day...Let His light shine through you... Love mark Phil.4:11

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