Priorities and God’s glory
For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost. And as they heard these things, he added and spake a parable, because he was nigh to Jerusalem, and because they thought that the kingdom of God should immediately appear. He said therefore, A certain nobleman went into a far country to receive for himself a kingdom, and to return. And he called his ten servants, and delivered them ten pounds, and said unto them, “Occupy till I come.” Luke 19:10-13, KJV From the text, Jesus provided His disciples an important lesson as they are waiting for the second coming of the Messiah. He used the parable of the talents to convey a message that they need to hear as well as every believer. Instead of focusing on the details about His coming, He told them to get occupied in taking part in the expansion of the Kingdom of God. He wants every child of God to use their abilities and talents and not to sit idly while waiting for His coming. The word “occupy” in v. 13 from the text means practical. He wants His children to tackle the practical affairs of their life motivated by their desire to glorify and honor Him in whatever they do. Your vocation in life could be used by God so that others around you will know Christ. Christ’s purpose in coming in this world is to “seek and to save that which was lost.” God will use what He provided for you so you could take part in His plan of reaching others so that they too will know His as Lord and Savior. You may feel at times that what you are doing is mundane. But once you realize that you are where you are for a purpose, you will do your task diligently and faithfully. Do not allow the practical things of life become the end in themselves. If you let this happen and you do not sense the purpose and meaning of what you do, you will get discouraged and if this persists you will get burned out. The things that you do when done other than for the glory of God will not achieve the desired goal of God for your life. God gave you the abilities so you could be occupied in doing what pleases Him. “Use your whole body as an instrument to do what is right for the glory of God” (Romans 6:13). He desires that you be attentive to whatever He has called you to do until He returns, but always be sure that whatever you do is for Him and for His glory. “So whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God” (1 Corinthians 10:31).