To Whom Much Is Given – Much Is Expected

Lost and Found

Gospel – November 20, 2019 – Luke 19:11-28

While people were listening to Jesus speak,
he proceeded to tell a parable because he was near Jerusalem
and they thought that the Kingdom of God
would appear there immediately.
So he said,
“A nobleman went off to a distant country
to obtain the kingship for himself and then to return.
He called ten of his servants and gave them ten gold coins
and told them, ‘Engage in trade with these until I return.’
His fellow citizens, however, despised him
and sent a delegation after him to announce,
‘We do not want this man to be our king.’
But when he returned after obtaining the kingship,
he had the servants called, to whom he had given the money,
to learn what they had gained by trading.
The first came forward and said,
‘Sir, your gold coin has earned ten additional ones.’
He replied, ‘Well done, good servant!
You have been faithful in this very small matter;
take charge of ten cities.’
Then the second came and reported,
‘Your gold coin, sir, has earned five more.’
And to this servant too he said,
‘You, take charge of five cities.’
Then the other servant came and said,
‘Sir, here is your gold coin;
I kept it stored away in a handkerchief,
for I was afraid of you, because you are a demanding man;
you take up what you did not lay down
and you harvest what you did not plant.’
He said to him,
‘With your own words I shall condemn you,
you wicked servant.
You knew I was a demanding man,
taking up what I did not lay down
and harvesting what I did not plant;
why did you not put my money in a bank?
Then on my return I would have collected it with interest.’
And to those standing by he said,
‘Take the gold coin from him
and give it to the servant who has ten.’
But they said to him,
‘Sir, he has ten gold coins.’
He replied, ‘I tell you,
to everyone who has, more will be given,
but from the one who has not,
even what he has will be taken away.
Now as for those enemies of mine who did not want me as their king,
bring them here and slay them before me.'”


After he had said this, he proceeded on his journey up to Jerusalem.

After he had said this,
he proceeded on his journey up to Jerusalem.

To whom much is given – much is expected.

At the time the Pharisees were known for taking great advantage of their place in society. They attended great dinners and gatherings. Sat in places of honor. They were fawned over by the elites. They were entrusted with the Word of God. But taking care of the spiritual needs of the people wasn’t so important as living well and enjoying their status. They did nothing, or very little, to increase the gift (the people of faith) given to them.

Today, it’s not a lot different. Many are given the gifts by God to increase the Faithful but squander those gifts because the World is what draws them – just like the Pharisees were drawn to their status.

We all have gifts. We should all try to learn what they are and how God intends us to use them. How can we increase the Faithful? We need to figure it out because the King will return and an accounting will be had.

To whom much is given – much is expected.

At least that’s what I heard Him say…

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: