The apostles said to the Lord, “Increase our faith.” The Lord replied, “If you have faith the size of a mustard seed, you would say to this mulberry tree, ‘Be uprooted and planted in the sea,’ and it would obey you. “Who among you would say to your servant who has just come in from plowing or tending sheep in the field, ‘Come here immediately and take your place at table’? Would he not rather say to him, ‘Prepare something for me to eat. Put on your apron and wait on me while I eat and drink. You may eat and drink when I am finished’? Is he grateful to that servant because he did what was commanded? So should it be with you. When you have done all you have been commanded, say, ‘We are unprofitable servants; we have done what we were obliged to do.'”
We all have obligations. Jesus is clear in the Gospels that in addition to earthly masters, He, too, will be Grateful to those servants who do what they’re commanded to do by their Heavenly Masters. As simple as this sounds, it is incredibly hard to do in our earthly vessels which are limited in many ways in a world where the devil is doing everything he can to get us away from God’s Commandments. At times, it can seem impossible… But God is the God of all things – possible and impossible. He is quick to remind us in Matthew 19:26 that “With men this is impossible: but with God all things are possible.” God isn’t looking for perfection from us – He is looking for humble servants who do their best while growing in the Fruits of the Holy Spirit. Servants who, in turn, are growing closer to Him through this journey. Even when we serve the Lord the best that we can, we still, “are unprofitable servants” who have only “done what we were obliged to do.” So, let’s be sure to remember that the King of kings and Lord of lords has already walked the road to Calvary (after living in human form on earth) – He already paid the price for the sins that we have committed, are committing, and will commit. Our job is simply to humbly-serve Him while constantly repenting of our sins along the way. Simple, right? No – it’s not, but, we can take heart, because God never wastes our hard work, suffering, pain, etc. That’s His Obligation to us.