May 27, 2022
Scripture Resource Passage: Luke 19
Gifts should not be taken for granted. Thank you notes are always appropriate when someone has been gracious. Disciples write thank you letters to God through faithful stewardship.
As God invests in us, there is an expectation that as his people are thankful, they are also making use of God’s investment. We lead spiritually activated lives because God blesses us. We believe God’s investment is meant to produce results.
Evidently, Jesus encountered individuals or groups who had failed to grasp this concept for in a true but harshly pointed parable, he identifies consequences of both faithful and opportunity-lost-living. Jesus said, “I tell you that to everyone who has, more will be given, but as for the one who has nothing, even what they have will be taken away.”
If we correctly understand the financial amount of money involved from Jesus’ parable as being the equivalent of three months of salary (Luke 19:13), then in today’s coinage (USD) the multiples are in thousands of dollars. The rewards for faithfully investing, and the condemnation for squirreling away the metaphorical monies, are clearly meant to prompt disciples into action: “I tell you that to everyone who has, more will be given, but as for the one who has nothing, even what they have will be taken away” (Luke 19:26)
Life Application Questions
How has God invested in your life?
What tasks are you divinely appointed to complete?
Do you believe God’s investment in you can be multiplied with diligent practice?
Can you encourage other disciples to accept God’s investment in their lives?
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