“‘Well done, my good servant!’ his master replied. ‘Because you have been trustworthy in a very small matter, take charge of ten cities.’ Luke 19:17
When reading The Parable of the Ten Minas in Luke 19:11-27 a few observations and questions pop up.
- I want to be like the first servant who takes the blessings God has given me and multiplies them for His Kingdom.
- Why did the third servant in the story say the things he said and see the king the way he did?
- Why did the second servant only multiply his mina by five? What was the difference between the first and second servant?
I thought about my own personal journey and realized that until I actually got to KNOW the One True King, Jesus Christ, I felt the same way this third servant did. I had preconceived notions about who God is and why He had so many laws for us to follow. I said I was a Christian because culturally, that was how I was brought up. But I did not KNOW Jesus. I did nothing with the blessings he had given me except bury them under a pile of my own dirt.
It wasn’t until I finally started to seek the answers to the questions I had about God, Jesus, and the claims of the Bible that I started to get to know the true character of God. I began to see how much He loves us and that His commands are there for our benefit; to protect us, to guide us, and to give us a fully alive life in Him. To Bless Us!
Just like the beginning of any relationship, we need to ask questions. You get to know someone by asking questions about them, about their character, their past, their morals, their beliefs.
When we ask those questions about God, we are not doing Him or anyone else a disservice. We don’t offend God by asking. Quite the contrary. We are beginning to develop a relationship with Him, which is exactly what He wants.
There is no claim of Christianity that will crumble under close scrutiny. God is not afraid of our questions and doubts. He knows that His character and claims about Who He is can stand up to your questions. He will show you how good, just, pure, and loving He is. He knows that the closer you look, the more you will understand that He is for you and wants to bless you more than you can possibly dream or imagine.
Once you believe that Jesus is who he says he is, believe that He is capable and did pay the penalty for your sins, trust Him to be the Lord of your life, and accept the free gift of grace that He offers us…He wants you to take the blessings He gives you and multiply them by sharing them, by investing them in Kingdom work for Kingdom glory.
If you do this out of love and gratitude, when He returns (and He will return) he will say, “Well done, my good servant! Because you have been trustworthy of a very small matter, take charge of ten cities.”
He will bless you on earth, in this life, in ways you never see coming. Then, He will bless you in heaven in ways far beyond our limited ability to understand.
The five-mina servant knew the King, trusted Him most of the time, but I believe sometimes had doubts that kept him from stepping out and taking risks or doing the hard work that would multiply the mina by ten. He was a good servant, but fear kept him from experiencing everything the king had for him.
If we are to live a Ten Mina Life, we have to ask our questions, be honest about our doubts, seek answers, find them, then seek some more until we trust Him and have faith to profess Him as our King, our Lord, our Savior, and fully surrender everything to Him.
Had I not asked the questions and sought the answers, had I remained complacent to be culturally acceptable, I know I would have been the servant who did nothing with the grace and blessings Jesus was freely offering and therefore judged by my own words instead of the perfect covering of the blood of Christ. I did not know him. I did not trust in Him. I said I was a Christian, but I broke God’s laws because I wanted my way, not His way. I wanted my kingdom, I trusted in my power. I did not know His love for me because I did not ask questions about who He really is.
I don’t want ANYONE to have that fate. And neither does God.
“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be open to you.” Matthew 7:7
When we ask questions and seek answers, we will find Him. He will open the door to us. He will bless us, and we will want to share Him with others. When we do, we get to live a Ten Mina Life!
Heavenly Father, thank you for being patient and understanding as we seek you. Thank you for lovingly showing us who you are. Thank you for making a way for us to know you through the perfect life and sacrificial death of Jesus. Help us to encourage and guide people as they ask questions about you. Help us encourage those who follow You as they earnestly and joyfully work to multiply Your blessings by investing themselves in whatever area You have called them to. In Jesus’ name, Amen.