Here is another thought building on the prior post about one of Jesus’ parables.
To review, the parable is about a nobleman who, before going on a journey, entrusts three servants with varying amounts of money to invest for him. The first two invest their amounts and earn a good return, apparently doubling their stakes.
The third, however, to whom little is entrusted, makes no effort to invest it. He lazily does nothing and merely returns the original amount to his master. This is done under the guise of keeping it safe.
The master takes the money from the lazy servant and gives it to the first servant. The people nearby protest that this is not fair.
Jesus replies “I tell you that to everyone who has, more will be given, but as for the one who has nothing, even what he has will be taken away.”
The lesson in this seems to be that to those who have been blessed with resources and have been faithful with them, more will be given. However, to those who have not faithful with what they have, that too will be taken away. We must be wise and faithful stewards.
A direct application of this may be for the person who is asking God for more, be it for the physical provision or spiritual blessing. Perhaps their felt lack is a result of them having already been unfaithful with what they had been given; therefore it was taken away.
The warning in this is that perhaps we shouldn’t ask God for more if we have misused or squandered what he has already provided.
[Read through the Bible with us this year. Today’s reading is Luke 19-21, and today’s post is on Luke 19:24-27.]
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