Is Your Servant Working?

Inherent in leadership is work. My church is named, “Word of Faith,” but those who are familiar with what we do in the ministry often jokingly refer to it as, “Work of Faith.” There is labor involved in doing God’s will, but God has given us a servant to assist.
 
Faith-Work it up or Work for you?
Religious people may say that faith is “something you work up,” but the Bible tells us that faith is something that works for you. Observe the allegory Jesus used to describe faith in Luke 17:6-10.
 
And the Lord said, If ye had faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye might say unto this sycamine tree, Be thou plucked up by the root, and be thou planted in the sea; and it should obey you. But which of you, having a servant plowing or feeding cattle, will say unto him by and by, when he is come from the field, Go and sit down to meat? And will not rather say unto him, Make ready wherewith I may sup, and gird thyself, and serve me, till I have eaten and drunken; and afterward thou shalt eat and drink? Doth he thank that servant because he did the things that were commanded him? I trow not. So likewise ye, when ye shall have done all those things which are commanded you, say, We are unprofitable servants: we have done that which was our duty to do.
 
Jesus was teaching about faith. The mustard seed allegory is one of the most well-known, but many do not realize that when Jesus spoke about the “servant plowing or feeding cattle,” he didn’t change the subject. He was still instructing His disciples about faith.
 
Your Faith has no Vacation Time
The Greek word that is translated servant in Luke 17 is doulos. It means slave and is often translated as such. Judea was under Roman rule during Jesus’ earthly ministry, and anyone who had lived under Roman rule was familiar with servitude and slavery.  Although the apostles, as Jews, probably didn’t have any slaves or servants, they were aware that a slave or a servant has no choice but to do the bidding of the master. The master would eat and drink before any of the hired help, and they would sit down to dinner only after all of the work was finished. The master has no trouble taking the stand that the servant should keep working until the job is done. Likewise, we are to keep our faith working until that for which we believe has come to pass. Your faith should work night and day. Faith does not get vacation time or sick days. It obeys the words of your mouth in the same way that a servant obeys the commands of the master.
 
Your Servant can Multi-task
Faith is the servant of the believer, and servants can work on more than one project at a time. Servants learn how to multi-task, and your faith can do the same. Don’t limit your faith thinking, “Oh, today I believe God for healing, so I can’t also believe for a financial breakthrough.” No! Your faith can be working on healing, financial breakthrough, relationship issues, and whatever else you decide. However, remember, you are the master. You are the one who tells the servant what needs to be done! Faith can juggle several things at the same time and bring about manifestation here, there, and somewhere else. You may need to wait a bit longer on one thing, but other answers may manifest quickly. When you live a life of faith, and you have your faith working every day and night, you will see victories over here and over there. You will have one testimony after another.
 
The Enemy’s Trap Keeps the Servant from Working
If your servants were locked in their quarters, they wouldn’t be able to help you, would they? Some believers have essentially shut up their faith because of offense. 
 
Five verses before Jesus taught about faith as a servant; He warned about the trap of offense. Luke 17:1 says, Then said he unto the disciples, It is impossible but that offences will come: but woe unto him, through whom they come! Offenses are snares set by Satan. He will set traps to restrict the effectiveness of your faith. He will use people and circumstances to try to get you off track.
 
The word offense is skandalon in the Greek text; it means scandal, a trap, snare, occasion to fall or stumble or something that offends.  Satan is in the trapping business. He may use people or circumstances to catch you. There will always be opportunities to be offended, but you need to be aware and guard your heart constantly so that you won’t take advantage of those chances to feel slighted or hurt.
 
I have seen many Christians backslide because of things that happened to them. Another Christian injured them, or some problem hurt them in life, and they blamed God. They start to question, “Why didn’t God stop this from happening to me?” God’s answer to you is, “Why did you let it happen?” God has given you authority over your life. You are empowered to speak to situations in Jesus’ name, and they will change! However, you have to do it! God does not do it for you!
 
Know Your Enemy
You shouldn’t be surprised or shocked when you encounter problems. If you knew your enemy well, you would realize that as soon as you begin to do what God has called you to do, Satan would rear his ugly head and do everything within his power to trip you up with offense. He will give you legitimate reasons to be offended! A congregant will unjustly accuse you of something you didn’t do; someone will gossip about you to others, you might be removed from a job or a leadership position unfairly. Those would be considered legitimate “reasons” to be offended.
 
There are no appropriate excuses for allowing yourself to get trapped by offense. Even with the best, most logical reason to be angry and vitriolic over a wrongdoing is not sufficient to justify locking up your servant of faith!
 
How many times have you heard someone say, “I don’t get mad, I get even?” You shouldn’t want to get even; that is not your job. Romans 12:19 says, Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord. Trust God to turn injustice into justice, wrong into right, and unfairness into equity. Your job is to forgive as Christ forgave you. Colossians 3:13 instructs us: Forbearing one another and forgiving one another, if any man has a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye.
 
Put Your Servant to Work
You may be the only employee in your ministry, but you are not expected to make it happen alone! Put the servant of faith to work for you. Direct your faith by speaking the Word of God and staying out of offense. Don’t let your faith take vacation time or sit down on the job! What do you need- Finances? A way to reach more people? Volunteers? Wisdom? Your faith can multi-task; don’t limit faith, instead, empower it and watch it work for you!
 
 
 
 

This article is written by Bishop Keith A. Butler