The Teachings of Jesus - Invest Wisely

February 2, 2020

  Text: Luke 19:11-27  *    


The Occasion

         Because they were near Jerusalem

         Because they thought the Kingdom was imminent


The Parable of the Minas

         A king was going to another land to receive a kingdom,
            and then was returning to his present kingdom.

         He called 10 of his servants and gave each one “a mina.”
            (about three months wages.)

         They were instructed to invest it on the king’s behalf
            until he returned.


The Defiant Servants

         These citizens hated him

         They sent a delegation to the king saying, “We do not want
             you to reign over us.”


          (These are those, who though they know of God, refuse to          

           acknowledge Him or worship Him.  They defy the living God
           and His right to rule over His creation.)


The Devoted Servant 

         This servant multiplied His master’s investment 10 times.


The Dutiful Servant

         This servant multiplied His Master’s investment 5 times.


The Derelict Servant

         This “worthless” servant willfully refused to fulfill his
            obligations to His master.


The Rewards:


The Derelict Servant – Even what he had was taken
   from him as punishment for the irresponsible misuse
   of what was entrusted to him.


The Devoted Servant – Was rewarded with rulership
   over 10 cities and was given the ‘mina’ taken from
   the Derelict Servant.


The Dutiful Servant – Was rewarded with rulership
   over 5 cities.


The Defiant Servants – These were brought before the
   king and slain in His presence.


                         The Lesson

A word from Jesus to the disciples regarding the
   stewardship of their lives, given to prepare them for
   His absence.  It was a cautionary warning of how to
   conduct themselves after He is gone.


                        Your one ‘Mina’?

There are those who refuse to acknowledge the King.
    They reject His rule and authority, and they will perish.

There are those who are devoted to the King and give

   their very best efforts to live for His glory.  They will
   be rewarded and blessed accordingly.


There are those who simply do their duty for the king,
   but perhaps not giving their best or their all.  They will
   be rewarded accordingly.


There are those who make no genuine effort to bring
  glory to the King; they are guilty of dereliction of duty
  and they will receive no reward. (Even the ‘mina’
  entrusted to them will be taken away.)



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