the wrong option


devotional post # 2036

Luke 19:20-27

Luk 19:20 Then another slave came and said, ‘Sir, here is your mina that I put away for safekeeping in a piece of cloth.

Luk 19:21 Because I was afraid of you, because you are a severe man. You withdraw what you did not deposit and reap what you did not sow.’

Luk 19:22 The king replied to him, ‘OK, I will judge you by your own words, you wicked slave! So you knew, did you, that I was a severe man, withdrawing what I didn’t deposit and reaping what I didn’t sow?

Luk 19:23 Because of this, why didn’t you put my money in the bank, so that when I came back I could have collected it with interest?’

Luk 19:24 And he said to his attendants, ‘Take the mina from him, and give it to the one who has ten.’

Luk 19:25 But they said to him, ‘Sir, he has ten minas!’

Luk 19:26 ‘I am telling you that everyone who has will be given more, but from the one who does not have, even what he has will be taken away.

Luk 19:27 But as for these enemies of mine who did not want me to be their king, bring them here and slaughter them in front of me!'”

the wrong option

The stories and principles delineated in this chapter seem to be focused on reaching the wealthy with the gospel. Here, the task of kingdom living is described using the analogy of monetary investment. Ten slaves were each given a mina to invest, but one of them decided not to. He let his fear drive him to do nothing, and lost what he had been given. The master took it away and gave it to one of the other slaves, who had invested his money and had gained ten minas.

Even in the story, there is indication that this was somehow unfair. We are often quick to blame society as a whole, or the government, or someone else instead of blaming the poor for their lack of progress. So, what is this story all about?

The slave chose the wrong option. He had been given a great gift, but chose to do nothing with it.

LORD, inspire us today to take inventory of all that we have been given, and invest it in your kingdom.

About Jefferson Vann

Jefferson Vann is pastor of Piney Grove Advent Christian Church in Delco, North Carolina. You can contact him at -- !
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