‘For I say to you, that to everyone who has will be given more; and from him who does not have, even what he has will be taken away from him. Luke 19:26
Have you ever been given an assignment either at school or at your place of employment? Sure, you have, we all have at one time or another. A task to do that was needed to complete a project or a report to write that required time and research. I know everyone has been given the assignment at some point in life to study for a test. So, how did that go for you? In my case I’ve done some assignments very well, but others not so much. I suspect that is the case with most people. I think it is fair to say that it would be extremely difficult to find someone who has completed every assignment, in their lifetime, perfectly.
Today’s reading is again about a parable (a current relevant story that Jesus told with a heavenly principal that God established in this world). Jesus often talked to those who were with Him with these stories so that people could understand the way God set things up to work in the world we live in. He told them about a man that was going to be traveling for a while to acquire a kingdom, so the master gave to each of his servants (employees) an assignment of minas. They were each given an equal amount of mina to manage. I’m not sure how much a mina represents, but in this case, I will just call that mina the servant’s assignment to be in charge of. When the master returned, he found that two of his servants had increased their mina. To which the master responded, “Well done good and faithful servant.” He was very pleased with their report, but when he got the report from one of the servants that had hid what was given to him so no one could take it or use it. The master called this man a wicked and lazy servant and takes his assignment to watch over the mina and gives it to the one that has increased the most.
Here is another one of those kingdom of heaven principles that are guaranteed to be successful in this life. Be faithful over little and you will be given more. It is sad that there are some people and even Christian people out there in the world that do not want to increase in responsibilities and commitments. Especially when it comes to serving others. Many people are happy to live in their own little world with just “me and mine” and never step into the greater assignments in life because of hiding from their greater call. Hopefully, no one reading this message falls into that category, but there is a warning in this passage if you do. The master takes what was given to the servant that was afraid and selfish and gives it to the one who had increased the most. He concluded this by saying whoever manages well will be given more but whoever hides, and hordes will have what he had taken away from him. So sad that many never have a revelation of this heavenly principal and struggle their entire earthly life.
Today I want to encourage you to increase in your assignment to multiply your gifts and talents. Wherever you can use them to serve others, take that step of faith. Don’t worry about being compensated extra, do it because you are willing to go the extra mile to bless someone. The Lord, who sees what you do in secret will bless you openly. He will increase your opportunities and you will be able to continue to be a good and faithful servant of the Most High God. If you have buried your gifts in the past, it is not too late to turn this thing around. Surrender all that you have today over to your Heavenly Father and ask Him to help you use all your resources in a way that honors and blesses Him and serves others. He will lead you to the next assignment and you will be able to begin increasing all that He has blessed you with.
Today’s scripture reading: Luke 19:11-27
11 Now as they heard these things, He spoke another parable, because He was near Jerusalem and because they thought the kingdom of God would appear immediately.
12 Therefore He said: “A certain nobleman went into a far country to receive for himself a kingdom and to return.
13 So he called ten of his servants, delivered to them ten minas, and said to them, ‘Do business till I come.’
14 But his citizens hated him, and sent a delegation after him, saying, ‘We will not have this man to reign over us.’
15 “And so it was that when he returned, having received the kingdom, he then commanded these servants, to whom he had given the money, to be called to him, that he might know how much every man had gained by trading.
16 Then came the first, saying, ‘Master, your mina has earned ten minas.’
17 And he said to him, ‘Well done, good servant; because you were faithful in a very little, have authority over ten cities.’
18 And the second came, saying, ‘Master, your mina has earned five minas.’
19 Likewise he said to him, ‘You also be over five cities.’
20 “Then another came, saying, ‘Master, here is your mina, which I have kept put away in a handkerchief.
21 For I feared you, because you are an austere man. You collect what you did not deposit, and reap what you did not sow.’
22 And he said to him, ‘Out of your own mouth I will judge you, you wicked servant. You knew that I was an austere man, collecting what I did not deposit and reaping what I did not sow.
23 Why then did you not put my money in the bank, that at my coming I might have collected it with interest?’
24 “And he said to those who stood by, ‘Take the mina from him, and give it to him who has ten minas.’
25 (But they said to him, ‘Master, he has ten minas.’)
26 ‘For I say to you, that to everyone who has will be given; and from him who does not have, even what he has will be taken away from him.
27 But bring here those enemies of mine, who did not want me to reign over them, and slay them before me.’ ”