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So He said, “A nobleman went to a distant country to receive a kingdom for himself, and then return. And he called ten of his slaves, and gave them ten minas and said to them, ‘Do business with this until I come back.’ But his citizens hated him and sent a delegation after him, saying, ‘We do not want this man to reign over us.’ When he returned, after receiving the kingdom, he ordered that these slaves, to whom he had given the money, be called to him so that he might know what business they had done. The first appeared, saying, ‘Master, your mina has made ten minas more.’ And he said to him, ‘Well done, good slave, because you have been faithful in a very little thing, you are to be in authority over ten cities.’ The second came, saying, ‘Your mina, master, has made five minas.’ And he said to him also, ‘And you are to be over five cities.’ Another came, saying, ‘Master, here is your mina, which I kept put away in a handkerchief; for I was afraid of you, because you are an exacting man; you take up what you did not lay down and reap what you did not sow.’ He said to him, ‘By your own words I will judge you, you worthless slave. Did you know that I am an exacting man, taking up what I did not lay down and reaping what I did not sow? Then why did you not put my money in the bank, and having come, I would have collected it with interest?’ Then he said to the bystanders, ‘Take the mina away from him and give it to the one who has the ten minas.’ And they said to him, ‘Master, he has ten minas already.’ I tell you that to everyone who has, more shall be given, but from the one who does not have, even what he does have shall be taken away. But these enemies of mine, who did not want me to reign over them, bring them here and slay them in my presence.”

Luke 19:12-27 (NASB)

I was at Glenrothes Baptist Church this morning and was blessed by the whole experience, praise the Lord. Worship was lead by Laura which drew the congregation in close to our Mighty Father God. But it was the scripture and the sermon by Pastor Jacob Brothers I want to mention in this post.

The passage that Jacob preached from today is entitled “The Parable of Money Useage” in the NASB, such titles were added later by publishers, sometimes they work and sometimes they don’t as is the case here. As I listened today it became clear to me that the wider context in this parable is about more than money.

It is worth knowing that one Greek mina was equivalent to 100 denarii, aproximately four month’s wages for a working man. Thus ten minas was the value of the wages for over three years, a substantial amount of money. The reward for the loyal servant’s good stewardship was great, far beyond ten minas. But the minas we are given in our walk with God are usually not monetary, but in the form of talents or abilities. They may seem insignificant to us, but these are a test of our service for God and whether we use them wisely to His glory.

Dear reader, as a devotional writer my conscience was challenged today. I found myself asking whether I was using my gifts wisely, glorifying Jesus my Saviour and our Father God. Let me ask you brethren, are you investing what He has given you today? I would encourage you to serve Him well in managing your minas today.

14 thoughts on “Managing Our Minas

  1. 🎶Take my life and let it be consecrated Lord, to Thee🎶

    Our pastor preached from Ephesians 2:10 this morning. Every Christian has a life of good works, laid out by God in advance, to do. I pray I am investing my minas well.

    Blessings, dear brother.

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    1. Those two sermons by two pastors thousands of miles apart are definitely connected David! Our service is definitely predestined by our Father God. God bless you and yours brother.

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  2. So glad you made it to the church building today! God cares about stewardship! Whether it’s financial or the environment we are not the owners of anything God is. I have been having a spirit of discontentment and longing for the past these last few days. Thank you for this devotional to steward well! Love and blessings to you and Susan!

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    1. Thank you or your encouragement Mandy, your comments mean such a lot to me.
      As to your unrest in your spirit; I will pray that His Spirit will bring you rest and guidance in this matter. He is faithful and true Mandy – He can take such things and make something beautiful with them. God bless you and Nathan my sister.

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  3. We have a responsibility to serve God with what He has given us. This is a great devotional Alan as it serves as a great reminder that we do not belong to ourselves but to Christ. Our lives must be led by His Spirit. All we do for Nis glory.
    Blessings brother.

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  4. All of my remaining years and only GOD knows how many, I will have to use as a little child in whatever way He leads. DIVINE LOVE should be the Rule of operation of His Gifts but Passion for Him often causes much Deception often fuelled within the church structure to collide. It is NOT LOVE to compromise on what is biblical TRUTH. Salvation for eternity is what Christ died to bring.

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