Do Business Till I Come
So he called ten of his servants, delivered to them ten minas, and said to them, ‘Do business till I come.’
–Luke 19: 22:12-14 (MSG)
And because Jesus was nearing Jerusalem, he told a story to correct the impression that the Kingdom of God would begin right away.
“A nobleman living in a certain province was called away to the distant capital of the empire to be crowned king of his province. Before he left he called together ten assistants and gave them each $2,000 to invest while he was gone. But some of his people hated him and sent him their declaration of independence, stating that they had rebelled and would not acknowledge him as their king.
“Upon his return he called in the men to whom he had given the money, to find out what they had done with it, and what their profits were.
“The first man reported a tremendous gain—ten times as much as the original amount! “‘Fine!’ the king exclaimed. ‘You are a good man. You have been faithful with the little I entrusted to you, and as your reward, you shall be governor of ten cities.’
“The next man also reported a splendid gain—five times the original amount.
“‘All right!’ his master said. ‘You can be governor over five cities.’
“But the third man brought back only the money he had started with. ‘I’ve kept it safe,’ he said, ‘because I was afraid you would demand my profits, for you are a hard man to deal with, taking what isn’t yours and even confiscating the crops that others plant.’ ‘You vile and wicked slave,’ the king roared. ‘Hard, am I? That’s exactly how I’ll be toward you! If you knew so much about me and how tough I am, then why didn’t you deposit the money in the bank so that I could at least get some interest on it?’
“Then turning to the others standing by he ordered, ‘Take the money away from him and give it to the man who earned the most.’
“‘But, sir,’ they said, ‘he has enough already!’
“‘Yes,’ the king replied, ‘but it is always true that those who have, get more, and those who have little, soon lose even that. And now about these enemies of mine who revolted—bring them in and execute them before me.’”
After telling this story, Jesus went on toward Jerusalem, walking along ahead of his disciples.
(Adapted from Luke 19:11-28 – TLB)
Dear Heavenly Father, I repent of every sloppiness, laziness and ‘I don’t care’ attitude I have displayed towards my talents, gifts, resources, relationships, and opportunities you’ve given me.
I receive grace and diligent spirit to do business. Let me experience the convergence of wealth and wisdom. May I be found faithful to my call and assignment. May I grow and develop all that has been committed into my hands.
In Jesus Christ’s precious name, I pray, Amen.