Jesus was on his way to Jerusalem for the last time. He told the people this parable because they thought the Kingdom of God was going to appear at once:
A man of noble birth went to a distant country to have himself appointed king and then to return. So he called ten of his servants and gave them ten minas.
But his subjects hated him and sent a delegation after him to say, “We don’t want this man to be our king.”
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.
The first one came and said, “Sir, your mina has earned ten more.”
“Well done, my good servant!’ his master replied. “Because you have been trustworthy in a very small matter, take charge of ten cities.”
The second came and said, “Sir, your mina has earned five more.”
His master answered, “You take charge of five cities.”
Then another servant came and said, “Sir, here is your mina; I have kept it laid away in a piece of cloth. 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.”
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? 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 mina away from him and give it to the one who has ten minas.”
“Sir,” they said, “he already has ten!”
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. 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.”
Sooooo … who would you rather be at the end of this story?
The first faithful servant who turned 1 mina into 10 and was rewarded with 10 cities and an enthusiastic commendation straight from the king?
The second faithful servant who turned 1 mina into 5 and was rewarded with 5 cities?
The faithless servant who did nothing with his mina and had it taken away and given to the first faithful servant?
The king’s enemies who refused to serve him and were brought to a most unpleasant end?
I don’t know about you but I’d really like to hear “Well done, my good servant!” when I’m done with this life.
Everything we have belongs to our King. We’ll all held accountable for what we do with what he gives us. Serve him with all your heart, soul, strength and mind. His blessings are waaaaay beyond anything we can earn on our own.
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