DO BUSINESS TILL I COME (1)                                   Luke 19:11-27

And he called his ten servants, and delivered them ten pounds, and said unto them, Occupy till I come.  (v13)

Jesus ‘two best – known parables about stewardship, the Parable of the Minas and the Parable of the Talents, both start with ordinary people in ordinary situations but quickly enter into surprising territory. In the Parable of the Minas in Luke 19: a nobleman must leave town. He calls ten servants and gives each one a mina (about three years’ wages) The steward’s assignment? “Do business till I come” (v13) When the nobleman returns, he calls for an accounting. The first servant reports a tenfold increase on his investment of his master’s mina. The master responds, “Well done, good servant, because you were faithful in a very little, have authority over ten cities” (v17) The second servant reports a fivefold return, and the master gives him an exactly proportionate reward. “You also be over five cities.” (v19) Yet what is most notable is what the master doesn’t say to him – he doesn’t say, “Well done.”  Or “good servant,” or even “because you were faithful in a very little.” The lesser level of commendation shows that the Master knew the servant could have done more to multiply his Mina. The third steward simply returns the mina he was given, explaining that he kept the money safely hidden. Imagine his shame when his master calls him a “wicked servant (v22) then takes his one mina and gives it to the servant who already had ten! The nobleman explains, “To everyone who has will be given, and from him who does not have, even what he has will be taken away from him” (v26) (Bruce Wilkinson)

PRAYER LINE: Dear Lord,  thank You that in this world that seem ugly with sin and decay, You allow us to see glimpses of beauty.


God is making all things new.

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