God desires for us to do our best, give our best, live our best, and reflect his best in everything we do. In what area of your life could you be more faithful with your stewardship? The parable of the minas has a thing or two to teach us today…
12 He said: “A man of noble birth went to a distant country to have himself appointed king and then to return. 13 So he called ten of his servants and gave them ten minas. ‘Put this money to work,’ he said, ‘until I come back.’
14 “But his subjects hated him and sent a delegation after him to say, ‘We don’t want this man to be our king.’
15 “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.
16 “The first one came and said, ‘Sir, your mina has earned ten more.’
17 “‘Well done, my good servant!’ his master replied. ‘Because you have been trustworthy in a very small matter, take charge of ten cities.’
18 “The second came and said, ‘Sir, your mina has earned five more.’
19 “His master answered, ‘You take charge of five cities.’
20 “Then another servant came and said, ‘Sir, here is your mina; I have kept it laid away in a piece of cloth. 21 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.’
22 “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? 23 Why then didn’t you put my money on deposit, so that when I came back, I could have collected it with interest?’
24 “Then he said to those standing by, ‘Take his mina away from him and give it to the one who has ten minas.’
25 “‘Sir,’ they said, ‘he already has ten!’
26 “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.”
The moral of this story appears to me to be that we are to make the most of what we are given, regardless of the circumstances. What minas have you been given? A mina was a measure of weight/currency (50 shekels if that helps)… We all have been given things to take care of (steward) in life. They have been entrusted to us.
What are you doing with your minas?
Some of us are faithful and we make the most of our trust. We generate more or we produce fruit. We add value to our master or the world. Our master may be a parent or a boss or a king (government). When we are faithful, we will be entrusted with more.
Some of us resent being given minas to steward. We resent the master or we resent the responsibility. So we squander. We laze about. We hide our minas away… and we fail to fulfill our trust. We have an attitude of, “Mina your own business!”
God desires for us to do our best, give our best, live our best, and reflect his best in everything we do.
In what area of your life could you be more faithful with your stewardship?