“If you have faith the size of a mustard seed,” the Lord said, “you can say to this mulberry tree, ‘Be uprooted and planted in the sea,’ and it will obey you.

“Which one of you having a slave tending sheep or plowing will say to him when he comes in from the field, ‘ Come at once and sit down and eat’? Instead, will he not tell him, ‘Prepare something for me to eat, get ready, and serve me while I eat and drink; later you can eat and drink’? Does he thank that slave because he did what was commanded? In the same way, when you have done all that you were commanded, you should say, ‘We are good-for-nothing slaves; we’ve only done our duty.'”

What is our Lord’s answer to how we can increase our faith? It is to work hard, not expecting a reward. Those who work diligently will increase their faith, allowing them to do more and more, to hear His voice, and to have a vibrant prayer life. This in turn allows them to obey as second nature. Then God can use them for great things.

Excerpted from Rise of the Servant Kings by Promise Keepers Chairman Ken Harrison. To download a free chapter, visit riseoftheservantkings.org. (All profits from sales of Rise of the Servant Kings are donated in support of Promise Keepers.)