Saturday, March 17
Day 29—Read Luke 19
I’ve never been the neatest person. My mom used to refer to me as “Messy Jessie”. One of my least favorite chores was cleaning my room, which was admittedly, usually a disaster. I would be sent to my room and would be easily distracted. I would tend to find treasures and spent time marveling over my treasure, rather than continuing the task with which I’ve been entrusted. My mom would return to my room expecting the job to be done. Instead, she would find me doing nearly
anything else. She would, understandably be frustrated, and I would hear, “What have you been doing this whole time?”
I imagine this is the essence of the Parable of the Ten Minas. The king returns from his journey with the expectation that his servants had completed the task they were given. Some had. And those servants were rewarded. However, there was the servant who had simply been marveling over his treasure instead of using it to further the king’s kingdom and wealth.
In the same way that this king entrusted his servants with his minas, God has given us and entrusted us with spiritual gifts, talents, passions, resources and also a mission (Matthew 28:19-20). We have been born in a time, place, and space for a purpose. We have been infused with talents and passions for a purpose. We have been given all we have, for a purpose. So what are we doing with them?
When I stand before the throne of God, and if I’m asked to give an account for the gifts, talents, passions, and resources I was given, what will I be able to say? Will I be able to say, “I was given these things, and here is what I did with them”? Or will I say, “thank you for these things, I enjoyed them well”?
What gifts and talents have you been entrusted with? How are you using those to further the kingdom of God? What can you do that no one else can? How are you uniquely qualified, equipped, and positioned to change the world?