I have been doing a lot of study on the Kingdom of God that Jesus came to establish with His death and resurrection. Specifically studying the parables like those in Matthew 13, Mark 4 and Luke 13 and 14 where Jesus spent a lot of time teaching His disciples about the kingdom.
But my study expanded to Luke 19:11-26 which tells the Parable of the King’s Ten Servants, the King gave each of his servants ten minas. I immediately assumed that it was similar to the Parable of the Talents (or the loaned money in Matt 25), but on closer examination I discovered new truth about the kingdom.
In the Ten Servant parable, the king hands out ten equal gifts. Whereas in the parable of the Talents, the king hands out talents as He determined, bearing in mind the abilities of the servant. Every servant of the Lord receives equal gifts (minas) from the Lord, He shows no favoritism (Romans 2:11).
- We all receive equal, never ending, and abounding love from God.
- We all receive mercy for our sins and grace without limits.
- We all receive freedom from the power of sin
- We all have the Name of Jesus to call upon.
- We all have Jesus’ power and authority to call upon.
- We all have the Holy Spirit available to us.
- We all have the seed of faith, a foundational measure of faith given to us at conversion.
- We all have the revelation of truth given to us about God and His purposes.
- We all have entrance into the Kingdom as sons and daughters of God.
- We all have eternal life.
The list is nowhere complete, but all of us receive equal gifts from the Lord.
At the Masters return in the Parable of the Talents, rewards are given. The two servants with differing talents, doubled their talents, ie. they put in the same amount of effort to double what they had. Although they put in the same effort, their outcomes were different (the first effectively had six more than the second). But when they were rewarded, they both got exactly the same reward for the use of their spiritual gifts or talents.
In the Parable of the Minas they all started with the same number of minas, but the first increased to ten and the second to five. Their efforts were not the same and they had differing results. Consequently, their reward was different: the first got ten cities, the second five. A reward based on effort.
The last received his minas and chose to do nothing with them, he returned nothing, which matched his effort. The result was that he had, his mina, was taken away from him and given to the most faithful. This was the servant who had demonstrated that He knew the Father’s heart. The unfaithful servant’s heart was judged because he:
Didn’t share his Master’s interest in the Kingdom
He didn’t trust his Masters intentions
His only concern was to protect himself, not focused on others and
He did nothing with what was given to him, which if you look at what the “mina” was worth, was actually a precious gift.
The King concludes: “I tell you that anyone that has, more will be given, but as for the one who has nothing, even what he has will be taken away.”
Each of us has to ask ourselves if we share God’s heart for His Kingdom, do we mean it when we pray: “Thy Kingdom come, thy will be done.” Do we trust God to judge and govern this Kingdom fairly? Are we just looking out for ourselves, or concerned about others? Are we willing to use faithfully the “mina” entrusted to us?
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