He said: “A man of noble birth went to a distant country to have himself appointed king and then to return. So he called ten of his servants and gave them ten minas. ‘Put this money to work,’ he said, ‘until I come back.’
“But his subjects hated him and sent a delegation after him to say, ‘We don’t want this man to be our king.’
“He was made king, however, and returned home. Then he sent for the servants to whom he had given the money, in order to find out what they had gained with it.
“The first one came and said, ‘Sir, your mina has earned ten more.’
“‘Well done, my good servant!’ his master replied. ‘Because you have been trustworthy in a very small matter, take charge of ten cities.’
“The second came and said, ‘Sir, your mina has earned five more.’
“His master answered, ‘You take charge of five cities.’
“Then another servant came and said, ‘Sir, here is your mina; I have kept it laid away in a piece of cloth. I was afraid of you, because you are a hard man. You take out what you did not put in and reap what you did not sow.’
“His master replied, ‘I will judge you by your own words, you wicked servant! You knew, did you, that I am a hard man, taking out what I did not put in, and reaping what I did not sow? Why then didn’t you put my money on deposit, so that when I came back, I could have collected it with interest?’
“Then he said to those standing by, ‘Take his mina away from him and give it to the one who has ten minas.’
“‘Sir,’ they said, ‘he already has ten!’
“He replied, ‘I tell you that to everyone who has, more will be given, but as for the one who has nothing, even what they have will be taken away.”
~ Luke 19:12-26
As I was writing about Moses yesterday, I made a comment about only being in charge of one person on a daily basis. As the mom of a toddler, this is true. And it may seem like my kingdom is very small, when I compare myself to others who seemingly have been given much more to worry about. But there is danger in that kind of comparison. Danger, because it can lead me into complacency, where I think I don’t have to worry too much, because I don’t have much to worry about.
However, this parable reminds me of the truth: I will be held responsible for what I have been given. I can’t compare myself to someone else and feel sorry that I don’t have extensive influence the way some people do. Instead, I have to remember that God has asked me to invest wisely what He has given me. And I intend to do just that.