I tell you, to everyone who has, more will be given, but from the one who has not, even what he has will be taken away. Luke 19:26 NABRE
Jesus is nearing Jerusalem and people expect He will soon usher in the kingdom of God. Understanding them Jesus tells a parable about a nobleman who leaves to obtain his kingship. Before leaving he gives ten gold coins to ten servants to engage in trade. When he returns he calls the servants with the coins to learn what they had gained in trading. The first added ten gold coins, the second added five coins and both are rewarded. The third hid the coin and returned it fearing repercussions from the master if he lost it. Disappointed the master scolds this servant taking the one coin and giving it to the man who had ten additional coins. The people question giving more to someone who had so much and Jesus responds saying, to those who have much more will be given and taken away from those who have little. We too might feel this going against our sensibility. Wouldn’t Jesus give more to those who have less? But Jesus is not speaking about poverty or those in need, it is a parable about workmanship in the kingdom of God. These servants who have increased their coins should be seen as people who have expanded the kingdom of God, sharing the Word and helping people transform into followers of Jesus with a true change of heart. If one person can increase the size of the community ten-fold then of course we would want that person to have more resources, territory or whatever is needed to continue to grow the kingdom of God. But a person who takes the message of Jesus and hides it should not receive more as it will be of no use to that person.
Anyone running a business would reach the same conclusion. So don’t hide what you know, share and grow God’s kingdom.
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