If we take a step in obedience, God will reward us with a mile of blessings. (Mike Bickel)
Jesus spoke a parable about a nobleman who was traveling to a far country. Before leaving, the nobleman called ten of his servants into his office. There he gave each a bag of silver worth about a hundred days of wages for a common laborer.
He told the ten men, “Do business with this money until I return.”
After a period of time, the nobleman returned. The man called for his ten servants to give an accounting of their business transactions.
The first servant had earned ten more bags of money for a 1000% return.
Yes, Luke 19:11-27 is a parable, but Jesus used it to explain a truth, one that I overlooked for years.
In Matthew 25:14-30, Jesus told a similar parable about three servants who were given various amounts of money by a master while he went on a trip. One was given five 75-lb. bags of silver, another two 75-lb. bags of silver, and a third received one 75-lb. bag of silver.
Upon returning, the master settled accounts with the three men. The first man doubled the master’s investment by earning five more 75-lb. bags of silver for the master.
The master said to the servant, “Well done, good and faithful servant; you were faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord. (Matthew 25:21)
Once again, this is a parable, which Jesus used to explain a truth to us.
In the Book of Revelation, we read two interesting verses in the King James or the New King James translations that tie into the above parables:
And from Jesus Christ, the faithful witness, the firstborn from the dead, and the ruler over the kings of the earth. To Him who loved us and washed us from our sins in His own blood, and has made us kings and priests to His God and Father, to Him be glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen. (Revelation 1:5-6 NKJ)
How can we be kings and rulers, right?
(Continued in Part 3)