Scripture: Esther 9-10, Luke 19

Luke 19:24-26 Then he said to those who were standing there, ‘Take the gold coin away from him and give it to the servant who has ten coins.’ But they said to him, ‘Sir, he already has ten coins!’ ‘I tell you,’ he replied, ‘that to those who have something, even more will be given; but those who have nothing, even the little that they have will be taken away from them.


It offends our sensibilities to take from the one who has little and give to the one who has much.  That’s why we can identify with those who protested, “Sir, he already has ten coins.”

Jesus explained that those who have something will be given more, and those who have nothing will lose the little they have.  What?  That seems so unfair.  Especially today when we work so hard to level the playing field.  Everyone gets a trophy!  Everyone is a winner!

Jesus is not being unfair.  He is teaching the importance of using what we’ve been given to benefit others.  If we use well what we have, He will give us more.  If we don’t use what we have, we lose it.

Am I leveraging what God has given me for His purposes?  For the glory of God and the good of others.  How can I make the most of what He has entrusted to me?  If I use it well, He’ll give me more—more resources to manage, more influence to leverage, more gifts to share.

God is not unfair—He is wise.  No one would criticize a business owner who fires an unproductive employee, or promotes a productive one.  That’s just good business.  God wants us to be productive.

My question today: how can I be more productive?  How can I leverage my gifts and influences and resources for God’s purposes, the glory of God and the good of others?

Prayer: Lord, I’m trying to dream big these days.  Give me big dreams and practical steps to make them a reality, so that one day I’ll hear You say, “Well done good and faithful servant.”