Still on the issue of what type of people we are…… lets look at a different scenario with Jesus.
11 While they were listening to this, he went on to tell them a parable, because he was near Jerusalem and the people thought that the kingdom of God was going to appear at once.
12 He said: “A man of noble birth went to a distant country to have himself appointed king and then to return.
13 So he called ten of his servants and gave them ten minas. ‘Put this money to work,’ he said, ‘until I come back.’
14 “But his subjects hated him and sent a delegation after him to say, ‘We don’t want this man to be our king.’
15 “He was made king, however, and returned home. THEN HE SENT FOR THE SERVANTS TO WHOM HE HAD GIVEN THE MONEY, IN ORDER TO FIND OUT WHAT THEY HAD GAINED WITH IT.
Lets imagine this as a concept of life.
What if we are held accountable for everything that comes within our possession?
Certain things that are inherently expected of us.
What exactly have you gained with what you have?
Better yet……what is your perception of gain in the first place?
Is gain an expansion in wealth?
Or is gain something on a much more deeper level?
16 “The first one came and said, ‘Sir, your mina has earned ten more.’
17 “‘WELL DONE, MY GOOD SERVANT!’ HIS MASTER REPLIED. ‘BECAUSE YOU HAVE BEEN TRUSTWORTHY IN A VERY SMALL MATTER, TAKE CHARGE OF TEN CITIES.’
In this scenario….. the exchange of money and property is viewed as a “very small matter”……. Implying that there are much “bigger matters” to think about.
Evidently….. from this scenario one can perceive life as some form of test……..
Where one has to demonstrate some form of trustworthiness.
18 “The second came and said, ‘Sir, your mina has earned five more.’
19 “His master answered, ‘You take charge of five cities.’
20 “Then another servant came and said, ‘Sir, here is your mina; I have kept it laid away in a piece of cloth.
21 I was afraid of you, because you are a hard man. You take out what you did not put in and reap what you did not sow.’
22 “His master replied, ‘I WILL JUDGE YOU BY YOUR OWN WORDS, YOU WICKED SERVANT! You knew, did you, that I am a hard man, taking out what I did not put in, and reaping what I did not sow?
23 Why then didn’t you put my money on deposit, so that when I came back, I could have collected it with interest?’
24 “Then he said to those standing by, ‘Take his mina away from him and give it to the one who has ten minas.’
25 “‘Sir,’ they said, ‘he already has ten!’
26 “He replied, ‘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.
Deducing from this parable…… it seems as though there are certain things that we have been given.
Maybe a talent…..maybe a skill…… maybe something physical……maybe something spiritual…… maybe the totality of everything that we have received that God considers to be a gift from him.
The underlying element still remains……..”accountability”.
What exactly is it that you do with whatever it is that you have?
Do you use it to show love to God?
Do you use it to show love to other people?
Or do you use it to fulfill your own selfish ambitions?
Or worse still…….do you do “nothing”?
The last statement he said is something that I consider to be somewhat significant.
“Everyone who has…..more will be given….. but as for the one who has nothing….. even what he has will be taken away from him.”
The question of who we are…… and why we are here is something that not many people care to think about.
But it is something that becomes even more important when one realizes…… that the reason why we are on earth may not necessarily be a playground to fulfill our desires.
It may be a test to prove something to God.
Needless to say ….. you are not very likely to pass a test…..when you don’t even know you are sitting in the exam hall.
To be continued……