Day 11: God’s Return On His Investment, Luke 19: 12-26

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Theme: God’s Return on His Investment

Scripture : Luke 19:12-26

And another came, saying, Lord, here is thy pound, which I have kept laid in a

napkin: for I feared thee, because thou art an austere man: thou takest up that

thou layedst not down, and reapest that thou did not sow.

 

Points To Ponder

There was a rich man who decided to take a trip. He called 3 servants to his

house, and he gave them some money to invest for him. They were called

Talents, but let’s compare it to a pound. To one, he gave 5 pounds; to another, he

gave 2 pounds. And to one, he gave only 1 pound. The rich man went on his

journey for several months. When he returned, he called the 3 to his house to find

out how much money he made off of his investment.

The one with 5 pounds provided 10.

The one with 2 pounds provided 4.

If you look at the percentage of the return, both provided 100% return on the rich

man’s investment.

Then there is the one who was only given 1 pound.

He was so afraid of using the pound, of losing it, of not increasing it…

That he thought “I will just go to my backyard, dig a hole, put the pound in a

napkin, and save it for his eventual return!”

And that’s what he did with his talent.

So when the rich man returned, this servant, being so afraid of disappointing the

rich man by possibly losing the talent, goes to him with the pound that he had

laid in a napkin and buried in his backyard for safe keeping.

And he presents it—proud that he did not lose it and can return exactly what was

given!

This story is told in other gospels, but I love this version because of the napkin

analogy. I can see him burying it!

But…

Boy, did he miss the boat and misunderstand the purpose of the experiment.

The rich man was investing in the SERVANT, not in the money.

He wanted to SEE what the SERVANT would do with the rich man’s talents.

It was meant for return on investment, not 0% interest!

The rich man EXPECTED some return on his trust in that Servant.

And when he did not get anything…not one penny, he responded in anger.

He took the talent from the servant and gave it to the servant who returned 10.

In another gospel, he sent the wicked servant out into the darkness, where there

is weeping and gnashing of teeth!

He was MAD!

Think about the talents in your life that God has entrusted into your care. They

are HIS talents that HE has given to YOU to see—

What will you do with the talents He’s given YOU?

At some point, there will be a rendering of the interest, the return on HIS

investment in you.

Don’t be so afraid of losing or abusing the talent that… you go to your backyard,

lay it in a napkin and bury it.

We have seen what that will get you—one angry rich man!

USE your TALENTS for God—step out and increase HIS investment in you.

Your talent may be musical .

Your talent may be to draw pictures with your words—that’s my talent.

Your talent may be to teach or to help behind the scenes.

Whatever your talent is—stretch it, see what you can do with it.

He has given you everything you need to please Him—

He is waiting to see—what will you do with it?

What kind of return will HE get on YOUR talent?

Don’t disappoint HIM!

The only one who did…was the one who did NOTHING!

Let’s Pray Together

Lord, I thank you for the talent (name the talent you feel God gave you) that you

entrusted to me. Forgive me for not using it like I know I should for you. I promise

that I will do my very best to grow this talent for you. I know that it is my job to

grow it, not yours. You have given me everything I need—now it’s my turn to put

in the work, to grow the talent, to please you with my effort. I ask for your

patience, and I promise some profit to your investment.

I thank you for trusting me with this talent.

In Jesus’ name.

Amen