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Heavenly investments

The crowd was listening to everything Jesus said. And because he was nearing Jerusalem, he told them a story to correct the impression that the Kingdom of God would begin right away. He said, “A nobleman was called away to a distant empire to be crowned king and then return. Before he left, he called together ten of his servants and divided among them ten pounds of silver, saying, ‘Invest this for me while I am gone.’ Luke 19:11-13

When the Lord Jesus Christ arrived at the entrance of Jerusalem, the crowd that was following Him was eager for Him to announce that He was ushering the Kingdom of God. They were expecting Him to arrive in Jerusalem as a conquering king to free the Israelites from the Roman bondage. They were anticipating that by His power He would call on the army of God to fight the Roman soldiers. Instead of giving in to their wishes, he told them a parable to dash such expectations. The parable of the pounds of silver was about God’s expectation that His disciples will engage in doing what they were called to do preparing the people for the coming Kingdom instead of sitting idly waiting for His return. He wanted them to give their all so they would be busy taking every opportunity to serve the Lord until His return. God was not after establishing an earthly kingship but to redeem the world through the death of the Lord Jesus Christ on the cross. For Jesus to establish the throne of David in Jerusalem would bring about a great relief to the Israelites who were going through tremendous hardship under the reign of Rome. The parable countered their expectations for His crowning as King would involve suffering, death, burial, and resurrection. Then He would leave and His disciples would live their lives faithfully availing of God’s resources as they prove to be faithful stewards of the gospel. All these we do for the glory of God. Whatever may be our vocation in life, as led by the Lord, we are to do the responsibilities He called us to do diligently and faithfully. We must invest the life He gave us that in such a way that His investment in us will yield a harvest of lives changed because of the gospel. As Jesus told His disciples, this is also what He asks of us as we wait for His return; “Invest this for me while I am gone.”


Noel De Guzman

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