This parable is told to warn the people that they must be faithful with the gifts God gives them until he returns. You can read the whole story in Luke 19:11-27, but I’ll just give you the basics. This wealthy man was about to embark upon a long trip and knowing he wouldn’t be back for many months and perhaps years, he distributed a portion of his wealth among 10 of his servants instructing them to use it to make a profit so that when he returned his money will have earned him a tidy profit.
Some of the servants did well and were able to give their lord a nice profit and to reward them he gave them the governorship of portions of his kingdom. However, there was one servant who was fearful and hid the money so that he wouldn’t lose any of it.
His master’s response surprised him. “You knew, did you, that I am a hard man… why then didn’t you put my money on deposit, so that when I came back, I could have collected it with interest? Then he said to those standing by, ‘take his [money] away from him and give it to the one who has ten [portions of money].”
Hidden gifts bring no glory to the kingdom of God. God gives gifts for the purpose of advancing his kingdom. How have you been using your gifts?
Prayer: Help me Lord to be diligent in my service to you. In Jesus name, amen.
Principle: Hidden gifts bring no glory to the kingdom of God. God gives gifts for the purpose of advancing his kingdom.
Affirmation: I use the gifts God has placed in my life for his purposes in advancing the kingdom.
Reflection: What do you think would have happened to the unfaithful servant if he had invested the money and lost it all? Can you identify with this servant? What is Jesus trying to tell us? Can you honestly say that you are using the gifts that God has invested in you to the best of your ability?