Monday, 13 July 2020
Luke 19:12-13 Jesus said therefore, "A nobleman went into a far country to receive for himself a kingdom and then return. Calling ten of his servants, he gave them ten minas, and said to them, 'Engage in business until I come.'
Jesus is teaching again because the disciples have worked out between themselves that His arrival in Jerusalem will bring the kingdom of God now. So there are two things to learn from the start of this story.
The first is that the king - and, indeed, the kingdom - will not arrive in its fulness yet. Of course, we are living in the kingdom now, every day, becaue the kingdom of God is where His subjects are and acknowledge His kingship and authority. So that's you, right?
The second this to learn is what happens in between. Do we just sit around on our hands, having our little holy huddles and waiting for the cavalry to come over the hill and rescue us? That isn't what the nobleman said to his servants. He gave them quite a substantial amount of resources and told them to get on with his business - trading - in the meantime. He expected to see a yield on his investment when he returned.
No less, then, applies to us. We have a job to do; we have the resources to do it and we need to engage in the work of the kingdom, actively interacting with other people and growing the kingdom.