2010-07-01 - Occupy
Luke 19:13 "And he called ten of his slaves, and gave them ten minas and said to them, 'Do business with this until I come back.' (NASB)
The phrase "Do business with this" in the NASB is rendered "Occupy" in the King James. Either one gets the point across.
The ten are charged by their master with the task of filling his office until he returns. The notes I have say one mina would be equivalent to 100 days wages, so they were given a considerable sum of money - more than three years earnings to use. The last I knew the median income in the United States was somewhere around $30,000. That might give some perspective. These would likely not have been considered uneducated individuals.
Two slaves (or servants depending on the translation) return their master's money with a return. They invested what they were given and showed a return on those investments. The third slave hide his master's money for fear of losing it and returned only the original sum.
How are we each investing for the kingdom?
Now I'm not saying you or I need to be out on a street corner with a sandwich board unless that is your calling. But we all have talents that God has given us. Take those talents and use them - develop them if you need to do so, but you might be amazed at what God can do with that investment you feel is too small. Look at the widow's two mites. How many people have been taught and blessed by one poor woman's quiet gift over the centuries?
I urge you not to be like the third slave who hid his master's money. In doing this we abdicate the position that Jesus left us to tell the world about His coming and His love - His unspeakable gift of eternal life. If your job is removing the gum from the sidewalks of your town - then do it as well as you can. Be different and see if people ask you what is about you that is so unusual. Be prepared to give an answer. (2 Tim 4:1-3 NASB) "for there will come a time when they will not endure sound doctrine ... ".
Occupy until I come back.
Grace & Peace,