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Invest Wisely

Jesus’ parable of the ten minas is very similar to the parable of the talents in Matthew 25.  Both parables are about the coming of the Kingdom of God.  God has blessed us with time, talent and treasure and the question raised by this parable in Luke 19 is, “What are you doing with yours?”
In this parable, a mina was worth about 3 months wages.  If you make $50,000 per year, you’re talking about $12,500.00 in today’s terms.  As in the parable of the talents, there are two good servants who invest what was given to them, while one wicked servant hides what was given to him.  Those who invested their gifts gained a return on their investment and were rewarded.  The one who refused to put what was given to him to work was punished.  What was given to him was taken away and given to the one who had worked the hardest.
How are you investing your time, talent and treasure into the Kingdom of God?  God has blessed you with life and time.  You need to put it to good use for His Kingdom.  If you have a talent to teach, are you teaching others about Jesus?  How are you using resources (treasure) with which God has blessed you to bless others?  God never blesses us so that we can hoard wealth.  Rather, He blesses us in order that we can generously bless others.
In Jesus’ view, the Kingdom of God and its growth and expansion is what matters most.  Why?  Because it is the only thing that lasts.  What we do now matters for eternity.  How we invest our time, talents and treasures is an indicator of how our lives have been transformed by God’s power and Jesus’ love.  Invest wisely because you will be called to account when Christ returns.

Luke 19:11-27 (NIV)

The Parable of the Ten Minas

11 While they were listening to this, he went on to tell them a parable, because he was near Jerusalem and the people thought that the kingdom of God was going to appear at once. 12 He said: “A man of noble birth went to a distant country to have himself appointed king and then to return. 13 So he called ten of his servants and gave them ten minas. ‘Put this money to work,’ he said, ‘until I come back.’

14 “But his subjects hated him and sent a delegation after him to say, ‘We don’t want this man to be our king.’

15 “He was made king, however, and returned home. Then he sent for the servants to whom he had given the money, in order to find out what they had gained with it.

16 “The first one came and said, ‘Sir, your mina has earned ten more.’

17 “‘Well done, my good servant!’ his master replied. ‘Because you have been trustworthy in a very small matter, take charge of ten cities.’

18 “The second came and said, ‘Sir, your mina has earned five more.’

19 “His master answered, ‘You take charge of five cities.’

20 “Then another servant came and said, ‘Sir, here is your mina; I have kept it laid away in a piece of cloth. 21 I was afraid of you, because you are a hard man. You take out what you did not put in and reap what you did not sow.’

22 “His master replied, ‘I will judge you by your own words, you wicked servant! You knew, did you, that I am a hard man, taking out what I did not put in, and reaping what I did not sow? 23 Why then didn’t you put my money on deposit, so that when I came back, I could have collected it with interest?’

24 “Then he said to those standing by, ‘Take his mina away from him and give it to the one who has ten minas.’

25 “‘Sir,’ they said, ‘he already has ten!’

26 “He replied, ‘I tell you that to everyone who has, more will be given, but as for the one who has nothing, even what they have will be taken away. 27 But those enemies of mine who did not want me to be king over them—bring them here and kill them in front of me.’”

 

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