12 He said: “A man of noble birth went to a distant country to have himself appointed king and then to return. 13 So he called ten of his servants and gave them ten minas. ‘Put this money to work,’ he said, ‘until I come back.’
14 “But his subjects hated him and sent a delegation after him to say, ‘We don’t want this man to be our king.’
15 “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.
16 “The first one came and said, ‘Sir, your mina has earned ten more.’
17 “‘Well done, my good servant!’ his master replied. ‘Because you have been trustworthy in a very small matter, take charge of ten cities.’
Big View: Person of Peace
Small View: Preparation Passing Relationships – Permanent Relationships
Rock of the Foothills – La Verne CA
Observation: Each of the servants in the parable was given a large sum of money to manage while their master was gone. Though their master had a bad reputation, most of them took the risk of trading with the money, such that at least two of them increased his wealth. The servants who Prepared for the master’s return by investing the money were rewarded. The one who simply played it safe did not. In fact, the master seems more interested in whether the servants took the risk than about how much they actually made.
Action: Sometimes opportunities come for me to prepare the spiritual soil in another person’s life. This week I will watch for doors that are opening, whether a Passing, or in a Permanent relationship. I will intentionally take the risk of doing something or speaking into those opportunities. If the master in this story, who was hated by his own people, honored the people who took a risk with his money, how much more will God honor me when I try to make good use opportunities I am given? I will take those opportunities rather than play it safe.