TEXT: LUKE 19:13
The parable of the Ten King’s Servants in the Gospel according to St. Luke is most often confused with the parable of Ten Minas found in Matthew Chapter Twenty-Five which is about the using of our talents for the work God.
The parable of Ten King’s Servants is different as it’s teaching is about the imminent return of Christ and what is expected of his followers in between the time of his departure and return,
The Gospel according to St. Luke, clearly present to us where and reason Jesus said the parable. One of the reasons was his imminent departure as he was at that time ascending to Jerusalem where he would be crucified for the sins of the world. The second reason was the misunderstanding of the people about the time of the coming of the kingdom of God. The people had thought that the kingdom of God would come at once (Luke 19:11).
Therefore, Jesus used the parable to establish the fact, that the kingdom would surely come but at a time when no one would expect. This was clearly said by him in Matthew 24:44. To Jesus, the time of his second coming should not be our main concern but our preparation for his coming. This is the reason why he said in Matthew 24: 42 and 44 thus: “ Therefore keep watch, because you do not know on what day the lord will come…. so you must be ready because the son of man will come at an hour when you do not expect him.
Jesus after establishing the fact of his second coming moved to teach his followers what is expected of them within the period of his departure and second coming. The King in the parable stands for Christ while the Ten Servants represents Christians.
The command of the King to his Servants was for them to occupy till he comes. The word occupy in Greek means “ Pragmateouomal’ meaning to busy oneself with a work. Jesus was simply telling his followers to occupy themselves with the work of mission. That is we are all to be busy doing the work of God and not to be idle. In as much as he had already deposited in us the resources needed for the work. Therefore we are expected to use these resources to enlarge his kingdom on earth.
Furthermore, Jesus used the parable to teach us that at his return we will give account of how we used our talents. Revelation 22” says “Look, am coming soon! My reward is with me, and I will give to each person according to what they have done” 1 John 2:28 added “And now, dear children, continue in him, so that when he appears may be confident and unashamed before him at his coming.
Beloved, let us realise that what is required of us as we awaits his coming is to continue to engage ourselves in God’s work. Let us not forget that whatever we do for His sake will definitely be rewarded and failure to work for him will be Judged.
What will be your reward at his coming?
Very Revd Adewale Adebiyi Ph.D