Text: Luke 19:21-28 (KJV)
21 For I feared thee, because thou art an austere man: thou takest up that thou layedst not down, and reapest that thou didst not sow.
22 And he saith unto him, Out of thine own mouth will I judge thee, thou wicked servant. Thou knewest that I was an austere man, taking up that I laid not down, and reaping that I did not sow:
23 Wherefore then gavest not thou my money into the bank, that at my coming I might have required mine own with usury?
24 And he said unto them that stood by, Take from him the pound, and give it to him that hath ten pounds.
25 (And they said unto him, Lord, he hath ten pounds.)
26 For I say unto you, That unto every one which hath shall be given; and from him that hath not, even that he hath shall be taken away from him.
27 But those mine enemies, which would not that I should reign over them, bring hither, and slay them before me.
28 And when he had thus spoken, he went before, ascending up to Jerusalem.
Key Verse: “Wherefore then gavest not thou my money into the bank, that at my coming I might have required mine own with usury?” – (Luke 19:23)
Sometime ago, an apprentice rounded off his training at a tailoring institute. Apart from two sewing machines his elder brother procured for him, he received start-up capital to enable him kick off in a little way. But he wanted to start big like his master. He wanted a whole building as a starting point and different kinds of sewing machines. Unlike his colleagues, he delayed setting up his own tailoring outlet. After a while, he lost his start-up capital and fire gutted the two machines his brother bought for him. That brought him to ‘Ground Zero.’ This was exactly the point our Lord drove home in the parable under consideration. He told His disciples about a certain nobleman, who called his servants and delivered one pound to each of them before he embarked on a long journey. When he returned, all the servants gave account of how they invested their shares and the gains they made as a result. Two of the servants wisely invested the pound and gained many times over while one particular servant never invested his own share. Rather, he returned it to his master.
Sadly enough, the servant also verbally attacked his master. He called him “an austere man,” who loved taking advantage of others. His response indeed infuriated his master. And he passed a dire verdict on him. He directed that the pound be taken from him and given the servant, who gained ten pounds.
There are three cogent lessons we take from this parable. One, the more we use our talent, the more profitable we become. Two, it is an act of foolishness to refuse to use the talents God has deposited in us. Three, it is sinful and condemnable to bury our God-given talents. We should always bear in mind that we shall all appear before God one day to render accounts of our stewardship.
Thought For The Day: Do not despise the day of little beginning.
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