Monday, October 5

Activity is not achievement

Scripture: Esther 9-10, Luke 19

Luke 19:15–17 After he was crowned king, he returned and called in the servants to whom he had given the money. He wanted to find out what their profits were. 16 The first servant reported, ‘Master, I invested your money and made ten times the original amount!’ 

17 “ ‘Well done!’ the king exclaimed. ‘You are a good servant. You have been faithful with the little I entrusted to you, so you will be governor of ten cities as your reward.’

Luke 19:26 “ ‘Yes,’ the king replied, ‘and to those who use well what they are given, even more will be given. But from those who do nothing, even what little they have will be taken away.


The parable of the ten servants was originally told to “correct the impression that the Kingdom of God would begin right away.”  But like many things Jesus said, it carried more than one message.  

The story also taught that God has generously gifted each of us (personality, abilities, talents, resources, etc) and one day will require an accounting of what we’ve done with what He’s given us.  Have we used God’s gifts well?  Have we invested them wisely so that He is pleased?  

We are expected to be faithful managers of God’s gracious gifts, and we are to “use well what we are given.”  


This passage, and it’s twin in Matthew 25, always challenges me!  I want to hear the Lord say, “Well done, good and faithful servant.”  I want to make my life count, and that means using well what God has given me.  I don’t want to waste my one and only life.  

Last week, a friend told me, “Activity is not achievement.”  One can be busy doing things but accomplishing little.  In the words of Jesus’ story, we’re making a poor investment with little return.  I’ve been thinking about it this past week.  What is my best contribution?  What is the best investment of my time, talent and treasure?  What would please the Lord and profit others?  I don’t just want to be busy; I want to be effective.  

Prayer: Lord, help me take a fresh look at my life and how I’m spending it, and make the changes I need to be faithful and effective.