“And He called His ten servants and delivered them ten ponds, and said unto them, Occupy till I come” – Luke 19:13
I love Bible commentator John Gill’s comments on the phrase, “Occupy till I come.” Gill writes:
“Make use of the ministerial gifts, exercise them, lay them out, and trade with them: the ministry is a trade and merchandise, to be carried on, not in the name of the ministers of Christ, nor on their own stock, nor for themselves, but for Christ, and for the good of souls; which shows, that they must not be slothful, but laborious and diligent.”
Warren Wiersbe writes the following words in his commentary on the same passage:
“Occupy means ‘do business, put my money to work.’ They could give the money to investors and earn interest, or purchase goods and sell them for a profit. The important thing was that they give back to their master more than he had given to them.”
Over the past few days, while reading both the Gospel of Luke and Paul’s first letter to the church at Corinth, the Lord has been reminding me of the importance of biblical stewardship in different passages and various ways. If we aren’t careful, we tend to drift into a spirit of complacency, whether we want to or not, and often whether we know it or not. We get to the place where we begin thinking, as long as I am faithful to church (whatever that means), I am all right. The truth of that matter is, this isn’t true at all. Not if we understand the Bible’s take, that’s for sure. After reading 1 Corinthians 12 the other morning, I jotted this thought down:
FIND YOUR PLACE IN THE BODY, FULFILL YOUR PURPOSE IN THE KINGDOM, AND GOD WILL BE PLEASED WITH YOUR SERVICE [1 COR 12:12-18].
I believe this is absolutely true, and yet, the opposite is also just as true.
If we don’t FIND OUR PLACE IN THE BODY and if we don’t FULFILL OUR PURPOSE IN THE KINGDOM, not only will God not be pleased, but the people He intended for us to help won’t be helped.
Just this morning, after reading Luke 19:11-27, I jotted these words down in my journal:
The Christian life, at least the faithful and fruitful Christian life, is a life of faithful stewardship. God has entrusted into all of our lives SPIRITUAL GIFTS, PHYSICAL TALENTS, MATERIAL RESOURCES, and has given us all a SPHERE OF INFLUENCE to be invested wisely and faithfully for His glory and the good of others.
So, here’s the question:
What are we doing with what God has given us? Are we INVESTING and INFLUENCING for Christ and the cause of Christ? Are we living, loving, and serving for the glory of God and the good of others?
If not, why not?