Luke 19:11–27 (ESV)
The Parable of the Ten Minas
11 As they heard these
things, he proceeded to tell a parable, because he was near to Jerusalem, and because they supposed that the kingdom of God was to appear immediately. 12 He said therefore, “A nobleman went into a far country to receive for himself a kingdom and then
return. 13 Calling ten of his servants, he gave them ten minas, and said to them, ‘Engage in business until I come.’ 14 But his citizens hated him and sent a delegation after him, saying, ‘We do not want this man to reign over us.’
15 When he returned, having received the kingdom, he ordered these servants to whom he had given the money to be called to him, that he might know what they had gained by doing business. 16 The first came before him, saying, ‘Lord, your mina has made
ten minas more.’ 17 And he said to him, ‘Well done, good servant! Because you have been faithful in a very little, you shall have authority over ten cities.’ 18 And the second came, saying, ‘Lord, your mina has made five minas.’
19 And he said to him, ‘And you are to be over five cities.’ 20 Then another came, saying, ‘Lord, here is your mina, which I kept laid away in a handkerchief; 21 for I was afraid of you, because you are a severe man. You take what you did
not deposit, and reap what you did not sow.’ 22 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? 23 Why then did you not
put my money in the bank, and at my coming I might have collected it with interest?’ 24 And he said to those who stood by, ‘Take the mina from him, and give it to the one who has the ten minas.’ 25 And they said to him, ‘Lord, he has
ten minas!’ 26 ‘I tell you that to everyone who has, more will be given, but from the one who has not, even what he has will be taken away. 27 But as for these enemies of mine, who did not want me to reign over them, bring them here and slaughter
them before me.’ ”
Many people think this parable is about money and earning a return on it. Well, it is easy to see why! However this parable is not about money, but about faithfulness and putting God’s Word to
good use. The Lutheran Study Bible states: “Our returning King will abolish all opposition to His kingdom and will honor those who faithfully served Him. Never take God’s Word for granted, hoarding the gifts you have received. Christ
calls you to share His Word faithfully, and He is ever generous and merciful toward you. His gifts work effectively in your life, and, through you, in the lives of others.” Martin Luther also writes “Whoever teaches the Word of God
correctly … does not lay the Word down in his napkin, as a lazy slave does.… He keeps it in use” (Luther’s Works AE 28:321).
The question I ask to you today: “Are you putting
God’s Word to good use?” If not, we have a forgiving God, but you can start today by sharing the Word of God. After all the Bible tells us
Romans 1:16 (ESV)
The Righteous Shall Live by Faith
16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek.
I pray: O Lord, help me to live and share my faith with others. Help me to plant
the seeds of faith and to study, digest, and share your Word. Help me to never be ashamed of the Gospel or to hide it. Please forgive me when I have not shared my faith. I want to do better. Amen.