TUESDAY 13TH APRIL, 2021
THEME: YOU GET MORE TO GIVE MORE
PASSAGE: LUKE 19:11-27
MEMORY VERSE: Luke 19:26 “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.”
HYMN: MHB 576 (8.8.6.D.) – BE it my only wisdom here.
The parable in our text today has some similarities with another parable in Matt. 25:14-30. The one in Luke 19:11-27 is called the parable of Ten Pounds while the one in Matthew 25 is called the parable of Ten Talents.
In our study for today, the “nobleman” travelled to a distant town as it was put and gave a pound to each of his servants to trade with or, “occupy till I come.” In Matthew’s account, the rich man gave five talents to the first servant and two talents to the second and one to the third. The first two worked hard and had 100 per cent gain but the third buried his talent. In the parable of 10 pounds, the man returned with the royal title and called the ten servants to give an account of stewardship. Those who worked profitably were rewarded, the lazy one rebuked and the rebels were slain.
There are three ways by which we may treat God’s gifts: Either you receive it, reject it or bury it or pretend that the gift does not exist. The parable in our passage records that two of the servants had more money when the master returned precisely because they did the right thing, while the lazy servant behaved unjustly. The scripture establishes that God gives graces to all and then watches how we use them. He then gives greater graces to those He knows will best use them and that if any proves unworthy and does not use those graces properly, He will take them away from them.
In the kingdom, stewardship, faithfulness, steadfastness, the right attitude, sincerity and hard work are what matter most. Every gift given to us by God should be to the service of God and humanity in general. God has given mankind various gifts or talents, and how we utilize them effectively determines the increase or the more we have. So work hard with Your talents to earn more from the Lord.
PRAYER: O God my Father, empower me daily with abundant grace to use my gifts for your divine praises. Amen.
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