“So he called ten of his servants, delivered to them ten minas, and said to them, ‘Do business till I come.’ Luke, – 19:13, – NKJV.
One major challenge of Christianity in this Generation is that the on many occasions, the Church and God’s people have downplayed the importance of some important themes that are germane to our belief. These include Service and Sacrifice. Our text is about the parable Jesus told the people who had gathered at Zacchaeu’s dinner table. Luke 19: 11-27 (KJV) He chose Zacchaeus’s house to tell this parable possibly because He perceived His disciples and followers did not truly understand that other events must first take place before the establishment of His kingdom on earth. In the parable, Jesus Christ likened Himself to a nobleman that went into a far country to retrieve for Himself a kingdom and then to return. The ten servants in the parable are the Christians/God’s beloved. Everyone born of a woman has at least one talent in him or her. Jesus’s explicit instruction was to Occupy Till He Comes with the talents.
Beloved, God’s plan and purposes have not changed despite the change in time and seasons for this world. His expectation of us in these end times is that we would live for a cause that is greater than us – and cause that will serve the purpose of advancing His Kingdom on earth. We have a call to a service far beyond anything we can ever imagine. We were put on Earth to make a contribution. We weren’t created just to consume resources – to eat, breath, and take up space. God designed us to make a difference with our lives. He wants you to give something back. This is why the Scriptures says in Ephesians 2:10, “In our union with Christ Jesus he has created us for a life of good deeds, which he has already prepared for us to do”
What are you doing with what you have? This could be opportunities, influence, grace of Salvation and man other things. Our Lord Jesus makes it clear that if we use what we have received from Him well, We will be enlarged and more productive. One man that we can learn from in this regard is Nehemiah. When he heard that his people back home had been put to shame and that worship services in the temple of God had been halted, he was overwhelmed with a burden to “occupy” for God and his people (Nehemiah 1:4). He immediately wanted to effect the necessary changes that would restore the image of God’s people.
Today, very many seem not bothered about making it a duty to occupy in the place of prayer for those in authority or even be of support in offering godly advice to them even when they can. Many Christians are not even concerned about the rate at which many sinners are going to Hell. As long as they are comfortable, they care less about the situation of others. Some people are so self-centered that as long as their immediate family is saved, the salvation of their extended family members is far from their mind. It is our duty as believers to bring all people to the knowledge of God. We must occupy by directing the souls of men to God through prayers and by witnessing to them until they give their lives to God. Although Nehemiah was comfortable in the king’s palace, he was troubled by the discomfort of God’s people.
We ought to share this same spirit. Do what you can in the power of Holy Spirit to occupy till Jesus returns. Have a blessed week and God bless.