By Pastor Ted R. House
In Luke chapter 19 we find the parable Jesus gave concerning His kingdom. In verses 11-14 He said: "And as they heard these things, he added and spake a parable, because he was nigh to Jerusalem, and because they thought that the kingdom of God should immediately appear. He said therefore, A certain nobleman went into a far country to receive for himself a kingdom, and to return. And he called his ten servants, and delivered them ten pounds, and said unto them, Occupy till I come. But his citizens hated him, and sent a message after him, saying, We will not have this man to reign over us." The servants and the citizens are two different groups of people. The citizens hated Jesus. The servants were His followers. In John 1:11 it says: "He came unto his own, and his own received him not." Later, when Jesus was about to be crucified Pilate told the Jews: "Behold your King!" and again "Shall I crucify your King?" and they cried: "Away with him, crucify him". They rejected Christ just as the parable had foretold. The nobleman is Jesus Christ Himself.
The pounds are spiritual gifts or talents. The parable continues in Luke 19:15-26: "And it came to pass, that when he was returned, having received the kingdom, then he commanded these servants to be called unto him, to whom he had given the money, that he might know how much every man had gained by trading. Then came the first, saying, Lord, thy pound hath gained ten pounds. And he said unto him, Well, thou good servant: because thou hast been faithful in a very little, have thou authority over ten cities. And the second came, saying, Lord, thy pound hath gained five pounds. And he said likewise to him, Be thou also over five cities. And another came, saying, Lord, behold, here is thy pound, which I have kept laid up 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 didst not sow. And he saith unto him, Out of thine own mouth will I judge thee, thou wicked servant. Thou knewest that I was an austere man, taking up that I laid not down, and reaping that I did not sow: Wherefore then gavest not thou my money into the bank, that at my coming I might have required mine own with usury? And he said unto them that stood by, Take from him the pound, and give it to him that hath ten pounds. (And they said unto him, Lord, he hath ten pounds.) For I say unto you, That unto every one which hath shall be given; and from him that hath not, even that he hath shall be taken away from him." In the Bible, the number ten is an indefinite number.
So, in the parable, the ten servants are all of the believers in Christ. The business of God is to get people saved. Jesus said: "...Occupy till I come". That means that we need to be occupied with the business of God until Jesus comes again! We should be selfmotivated in God's business, and we must labor for gain for the kingdom. We must labor using our God-given gifts. In the parable, the first two servants gained, one more than the other. They used what God had given them. Whatever our area of service, whatever gift God has given us, we must use it for gain! The servant must not be fearful to take risks for the Kingdom of God. Fear will hold us back from doing God's work. The third servant did nothing, gained nothing and lost what reward he had. He was fearful! Lastly, the servant of God must not get sidetracked. We do not know when Christ is coming back. It is easy to get caught up in the cares of the world and get sidetracked by other things, especially fear! These things must not keep us from doing the work of God! We cannot just sit back and wait for the Rapture, it might not come as soon as we think. The people in Luke 19;11 thought that the kingdom of God should immediately appear! It did not!