Monday, March 30, 2020

30 Mar 2020 - The Parable of the Ten Minas

30 March 2020
The Parable of the Ten Minas

Good morning!

Today’s devotion is taken from Luke 19:11-27- The Parable of the Ten Minas

This parable is about the coming of the Kingdom of God on earth and Jesus will be asking us to account what we have done with all the resources given to us. Do we appreciate what we have and have we multiplied it for the Kingdom of God?

1)      To be faithful

The first servant and second servant appreciated that everything they had came from God and that we are called to be faithful and multiply what God had entrusted us with. They also appreciated that they were living for Christ and not for themselves. They took seriously the command which is to invest in plans and purposes that will be for His Glory. One of these which I want to focus on is the sharing of the Gospel. 1 Thessalonians 2:4 says that we are entrusted with the Gospel. To be entrusted means to be responsible over and to take care of”. God has entrusted all of us with sharing the good news of Christ and to make disciples to the ends of the earth.

It is especially at this time of uncertainty that the Gospel must be shared. Our workplace, family and friends may be anxious or fearful but we all are placed in a position where we can share what Christ has done for us and what being a Christian means. There is no better time than now to show that we are living in the hope found in His name. There is only one truth and one certainty, that is, only in Jesus can we find true peace, comfort and hope. Jesus has promised peace to his believers:

Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid (John 14:27).

We want to be sowing seeds into people’s lives and be a blessing to others. When Jesus returns again, we want to hear the words “Well done, good and faithful servant”.

2)      Personal responsibility

This parable also highlighted that it is our personal responsibility to use what resources God had entrusted us with and Jesus will ask us to account what we have done with it. Are we living for God’s plans or purposes or are we living for our own plans and purposes?  The unfaithful servant did not take the command of God seriously and chose his own plan instead. As a result, he was adjudged to be lazy and his mina was taken away from him. Let us take this time to reflect and not be like the third servant who made an unwise decision.


Prayer
Father, we want to thank you for everything that you have given to us. We acknowledge that everything comes from you, everything that we have is a blessing from you. We want to use it all for your glory to extend your Kingdom. Give us the courage and opportunity to share your truth to those around us. We pray your peace that surpasses all understanding be upon us and be upon this nation. Teach us O Lord to humble ourselves and to submit to all your plans and purposes. In Jesus’s name we pray. Amen.