Luke 19:11-27

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If He gives it to us, He wants us to use it for Him.

We are gifted. We are talented. We are in a place of influence. We look and think and understand the way we do for a reason. It is His reason.

He has equipped us for His plan and purpose. Our lives have Kingdom value. We are called to make a difference.

So how do we do this?

We invest. It is an investment in the lives of people.

Can we host a Bible study in our homes? Can we invite a friend to come to church? Can we work in children’s ministry? Can we lead a middle school group? Can we have the high school kids to our homes for a cookout?

Can we sing, write, welcome, smile, shake hands?

Jesus told His followers a parable. It was a story of a nobleman who put a coin in the hands of each of his servants and then left. He challenged them to use it.

How?

That was their choice.

“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. He said: ‘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. “Put this money to work,” he said, “until I come back.” 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.’” Luke 19:11-27

When he returned, one handed him ten more coins and one five. His response was immediate. They had multiplied the master’s investment and made a difference. They had accomplished his plan and were rewarded.

They heard, “Well done!” The words would ring through the ages.

But one stood before him. He handed back the coin. It had gained nothing. He had taken his potential, wrapped it up in tissue paper and hid it away. No one even knew he had it. It had made no difference except to take up room in a drawer.

What kind of coins has Jesus given to us? What has He placed in our hands to invest in the lives of our family, friends, and neighbors?

Start now. Look at the coin in your hand and get into His business.

If He gives it to us, He wants us to use it for Him.


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