Read Luke 19:11-27
Our righteous Father is extremely loving, faithful, and compassionate. We know He is gracious and merciful to us though we are unworthy. But He still commands us to follow His statutes. Just because He is loving and forgiving in no way means He doesn’t demand our obedience.
Jesus gives each of us talents, abilities and gifts to use for His glory and kingdom. God calls you to a specific and completely individual path He has planned for you. A Christ-minded Christian knows he can’t spare the time to worry about his own wants that are separate from God. This may sound like a lot of work and hurrying around, but God isn’t always going to have us doing some difficult or elaborate work for His kingdom. He knows when we need rest and renewal, but He calls us to those things at the proper time as well. The real problems start when we let our own wants usurp God’s sovereignty.
How does the parable of the Ten Minas come into play? Go ahead and take a guess. Many would already be able to tell the message here is to not waste what God has given us. But look closer at the characters for a moment. Jesus is the King. Then He describes three of the servants. Notice, though, that in verse thirteen He tells us there were ten servants in all who each received a mina and was instructed to put it to work until He returns. He gave them specific instructions, and multiple servants were all given the same task: multiply this mina.
One gained ten more minas, pretty impressive. Since most people already know the minas represent how God has blessed us to do His work, we’ll go ahead and imagine a back story for each person. Let’s say this first one is an on-fire urban missionary.
Then there’s the second servant, who gained five minas. Still good, but we tend to think this is somehow inferior to the first servant’s achievement. Don’t be fooled; as long as we follow God, our largest goals don’t have to be met. What’s important is following Him Who is in control of the outcome. God doesn’t judge things by our standards of big and small. But anyway, we’ll say this servant is a Bible study leader. Not bad at all. The King is happy with both of them.
Then there’s the final servant. He didn’t gain anything. He says he kept his mina hid away so it wouldn’t be in danger. And the King wasn’t happy at all about that. The King also makes a good point: if you were so afraid of Me, why didn’t you obey my command and put the money to work? This servant represents anyone who holds something back from God.
This is my personal opinion, but I think the servant wasn’t necessarily trying to act as prudent as he sounded. I think the servant is indeed afraid of his Master now since He got back, but while He was away, the servant didn’t bother worrying about Him. Another option, he was lazy. There are plenty of people who are probably good at heart, but they’re too lazy to do anything in response. And one other thing, this servant probably didn’t care much about his Master. If he cared about his Master’s business or betterment, he would have eagerly put the mina to work like the other two, but he didn’t.
How often does that describe us? We forget about Who it is we’re serving. We become greedy and lazy with the time and resources God Himself has given us. And we just don’t care much about what He’s doing. It’s sad, but that does describe a lot of Christians. And not just Christians without true relationships with God, believers who are trying to follow God can still get caught in these same traps.
Think about those days when following or hearing God doesn’t come easy. Now think about those times when God points out something in your heart that you don’t want to deal with. Even think about those times God closed a door to you that you really wanted open. Is it easy to stay committed to God in those times? No. But when we do keep going on His path (instead of calling a time-out and hopping over to our own for a break), God makes sure we keep moving in the right direction. After the clouds have passed, we’ll be able to see the Son shining brighter than we were capable of seeing before. And with how faithful our Jesus is to us, it’s hard to deny Him when He asks for our commitment too. I mean, He’s perfect and we’re sinful. How hard does loving us get? Jesus died on the cross because He loves us, and that is very, very hard.
So even when you’re going through a tough time, an uncomfortable time, a discouraging time, or a sad time, keep looking up. Keep seeking God. Keep following. The one who earnestly seeks Jesus will find Him, every time. So next time it’s hard, ask Jesus to open your eyes to see Him even in that situation.
“Jesus had compassion on them and touched their eyes. Immediately they received their sight and followed him.” Matthew 20:34
Lord, thank You for so vividly showing Your commitment to us! Thank You that we don’t have to do it alone, You are with us! Please help us and be our strength when difficulties and struggles come. Remind us Who we serve and who we are! And please help us trust You and have faith! In Lord Jesus’ Name i pray, praise to our holy and worthy God! Amen.
Remember that in good times and bad times, God is still the same. Trust in the One Who never changes, not in your own life that always does. For a good book on living committed to Jesus, try Not a Fan: Follower’s Journal by Kyle Idleman. But you can live committed to God on your own; He is the only source of strength you need.