Thursday, December 19, 2019

December 19

When I read the parable of the minas, I get a sick feeling, because I know that most people are like the servant that the noblemen called wicked, who took what was given to him, and hid it. I compare the wicked servant to those whom Jesus calls lukewarm, and spews them from his mouth. Jesus wants us, his followers, to take what he has given us, and invest it in others by bringing more to know him. We are each given a portion according to our ability, and we are to use it diligently to increase the kingdom of God. Those who use what they have and increase it, will be given more, but those who do nothing, even what they have, will be taken away. If you don’t do a lot, you must at least put what you have in an account that earns interest. Here’s how: tell at least one person about Jesus who will bring others into the kingdom, or let others know you follow Jesus, don’t hide it, by doing that, others will want the peace you have. For those who have children, this is easy, make sure they know about Jesus, and follow through on their commitment to him. For others, don’t be afraid to live your life for Jesus, it’s not an easy lifestyle, but it is very rewarding. 

He said to him, ‘I will condemn you with your own words, you wicked servant! You knew that I was a severe man, taking what I did not deposit and reaping what I did not sow? Why then did you not put my money in the bank, and at my coming I might have collected it with interest?’ And he said to those who stood by, ‘Take the mina from him, and give it to the one who has the ten minas.’ Luke 19:22-24

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