It is absolutely critical for you to have an eternal perspective for you to have an earthly life in the here and now. Jesus often taught through parables, a vital spiritual principle.
Luke 19:11 – Now as they heard these things, He spoke another parable, because He was near Jerusalem and because they thought (the disciples) the kingdom of God would appear immediately. Jesus wanted to explain to them how they were to conduct themselves between the time of the King leaving and the King returning. During this time of rejection of Him, they were living in, and the time of His return. Since Jesus has not returned yet, we are now in this in-between time of His first coming and His second coming. Therefore, this story, applies to you and me.
A nobleman, which is Christ, leaves each of His servant’s ten minas, which is money, but much bigger is the representation of money. He’s actually talking about life! In this story in Luke, they all got the same amount of the same thing. In Matthew 25 when He uses talents, they didn’t receive the same amount of the same thing, but still the same principle. We all have the same things, but we all don’t have them to the same degree.
The first thing that all of us have is time. We’re not going to live to the same age, but we all have time. Within time is opportunity, because we use our time to do things for others and ourselves.
The second things all of us have are talents. We don’t all have the same talent but varying abilities. We have all been given the compactly to do things for the King and His Kingdom. Thus, the parable is about the King going to get a kingdom. We all have the ability to serve.
The third thing we all have is different degrees of treasures, resources. Not everybody makes the same thing, but we all have some level of resource. So when Jesus speaks about giving them all the same thing, He’s talking about the life He’s entrusted, that they are to do business until He comes back. In other words: “From the time of your conversion until He comes, we are to be a business man or woman. Do business till I come. He’s talking about kingdom business. So the King entrusts talents, time, and treasures, life, to us in order to do business until He returns.
“We” are to do the business with what He has given us to use. That’s why He will pick a person to use their time, talents, and treasures, to accomplish what He wills to be done until He comes back. He’s counting on us because of what He left “to us.”
Ephesians 2:8, 9 – For by grace you have been saved through faith and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, (verse 9) not of works, least anyone should boast. But look at verse 10 – For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good words, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.
In others words: Your saved by His gift of grace, but once you are saved you are saved for “good works!” We are saved to a purpose, to accomplish something for God. Good works are things we do for God’s glory to advance God’s kingdom that benefits others in God’s name.
Matthew 5:16 – “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.” God did not save us with time, talents, and treasures, to forget “Him!” The reason He didn’t take us to heaven the second we were saved is because there is a work for us to do. You and I are stewards while we live and breathe. In addition, the job of a steward is to protect and expand the assets of another! This is what is expected of us until His return.
Back to Luke 19: In verse 15, the nobleman comes back. (Verse 15) “And so it was that when he returned, having received the kingdom, he then commanded these servants, to whom he had given the money, to be called to him, that he might know how much every man had gained by trading.
The Father gave the kingdom to the Son, and when He returns, He orders the servants (us) to Himself, to see how we have conducted business in His absence. This is called accountability. All of Jesus followers are called to Him and He asks, “What did you do with the time, talents, and treasures you were entrusted with?” What did you do with what I gave you, that was mine in the first place, on loan, to you?” This is where every Christian, those called by His name will go before the “Judgment Seat of Christ!” He will evaluate what kind of business we did while He was gone. What did we do that glorified Him and benefited others?
The first servant appears in verse 16 where he tells the master that he earned ten minas. So the master tells him, “Well done, because you were faithful you’ll have authority over ten cities. This servant gave the master 100% return. He expanded what he had been given. Notice that the reward was consistent with the expansion. He had ten minas; he made ten, so he got ten cities.
Heaven is not floating around playing a harp or fishing all day or golfing, as some imagine. Heaven is participating in God’s rule and being given responsibility of our investment of our life during this in-between period on earth. It does matter what we do while here.
Now the second servant comes, verse 18: ‘Master, your mina has earned five minas.’ He only has 50% increase, so this servant receives 5 cities he has authority over. Notice what the master didn’t say; he didn’t say, “well don!” The master only said, “Well done” to the first servant because that servant maximized his opportunities. This servant didn’t go over and above; he only did the basics, but yet was still rewarded.
Here’s the thing: The time the talents, and the treasures (resources), belong to the master. The moment we lose sight, of which these things belong to in the first place, we won’t have anything to show because we use all of these for ourselves! We become the master of our time, talent, and treasure.
Now we see the third servant in verse 20, “And another came saying, ‘Master, here is your mina, which I have kept put away in a handkerchief. Oh, he’s saying the right thing when he says, “Master.” He sounds good by calling the king master.
Verse 21 – ‘For I feared you, for you are an austere (strict) man. You collect what you did not deposit, and reap what you did not sow.’ In other words; you are hard to please; your expectations were too high; your demands were too much; and you are too serious. This third servant did nothing with the time, talents, and treasures he was left in charge with. As some do today, they are saved and do nothing; they never share their testimony; they hide their Christianity under a bush.
Verse 22 – “And he said to him, “Out of your own mouth I will judge you wicked servant. You knew that I was an austere man, collecting what I did not deposit and reaping what I did not sow. Verse 23 – ‘Why then did you not put my money in the bank, that at my coming I might have collected it with interest?’ His theology has not affected his activity! He was useless to his kingdom.
When Christ comes back, are you going to tell Him, “Well, I went to church, isn’t that good enough?” What about the ones who claim to be His and won’t even put the effort out to go to church? Is your theology right, but your activity is null and void?
But for all those who are faithful and devoted with their time, talent and treasure that doesn’t seem to be appreciated: Matthew 5:11, 12 – “Blessed are you when they revile and persecute you, and say all kinds’ f evil against you falsely for My sake. (Verse 12) “Rejoice and be exceedingly glad, for great is your reward in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.
So what happened to the servant who only gave back what he had been given? Verse 24 – “And he said to those who stood by, ‘Take the mina from him, and give it to him who has ten minas.’ So the one who had the most got a bonus!
Do you not know that the more you build up what the Lord has given you, the more He will multiply it? If you never do anything with what He has given, even what you have will be taken away.
Verse 26 – “For I say to you, that to everyone who has will be given; and from him who does not have, even what he has will be taken away from him.
We don’t get credit for just being a servant! Grace saves us and that’s all of God. We don’t get credit for just being a Christian! We get credit for serving the Master and using the time, talents, and treasures that He has entrusted to us for His glory, to advance His kingdom, for the benefit of others to His glory!
We go through this Christian life with eternity in mind for the main goal, by doing business for the Kingdom of God until His return.