"He replied, 'I tell you that to everyone who has, more will be given, but as for the one who has nothing, even what he has will be taken away.'"
The Parable of the Ten Minas has often left me scratching my head, feeling perhaps a bit like the disciples who frequently found Jesus’ stories puzzling. There is apparently a very real accounting coming for how we have stewarded the gifts God has given us. Those who have stewarded well will be given even more. Those who have stewarded poorly will be stripped of what little they have. It’s a sobering thought as we consider our own lives.
What did the third servant do wrong? Doesn’t it seem that keeping the mina safe and sound, returning it exactly as it was given, is at the very least a conservative move? He even wrapped it in a cloth to keep it clean! This parable seems to convey that God not only takes very seriously the stewardship of what was given, but that He also has no place for the gift being “tucked away” rather than invested. Jesus repeatedly chides those of “little faith,” instructing them and us centuries later to not hide away our greatest gift: the good news of salvation. Proclaim it wherever you go!
Take honest stock of the gifts God has given to you, and ask Him to show you how you might use them for His glory.