The apostles said to the Lord, "Increase our faith." - Luke 17:5 NASB
The thing that struck me the most out of this chapter was the request of the disciples for "more faith." At first blush, this would seem to be a noble request. They appear to be asking the Master to increase their faith. But what they failed to recognize was that it is not a matter of the amount of faith we possess, but its presence. They were apparently wanting MORE faith so they could do MORE with it. Just take a look back at chapter 9. These guys had been sent out by Jesus and were given "power and authority over all the demons and to heal diseases."
My take is that the disciples' request for more faith was a not-so-subtle request for more power. They wanted more so they could do more. But Jesus' response was that if they only had a little, they could do much.
It is interesting that Jesus then goes on to tell a parable about the slave owner and his slave in verses 7-10. If we keep the parable within the context, it would seem that Jesus is teaching them that their faith will be increased at the proper time. Right now it was all about Jesus and His ministry. The disciples, like the slave in the parable, were to serve Jesus and His needs. They needed to see themselves as "unworthy slaves" who were to simply do what they ought to do: faithfully serve the one who has called me.
I sometimes ask God for more, of even good things like faith, as a reward for my obedience and service. But instead, I need to do my job as an "unworthy slave" and faithfully serve, leaving any reward up to God.
Father, help me to be recognize my position. Forgive me for always wanting more, when you have already given me so much, including Your Son. I want to serve you faithfully, not for the recognition or reward, but out of gratitude for all you have done for me. Amen.