When we come into a difficult season, it can be tempting to pull back on giving. So then, how do we navigate financial management and give during tough times?
God’s Word has the answers.
There are a number of places in the Bible for us to look to gain wisdom and insight into being wise investors, faithful servants, and good stewards. Today we are going to look at the parable of the minas and glean 4 lessons that we should prayerfully consider as we work for God’s Kingdom purposes.
Wise Investors and Faithful Servants | 4 Lessons from the Parable of the Minas
In Luke 19, Jesus shares the parable of the minas. What is a mina? It is a unit of currency. Jesus was teaching about how to be wise investors and faithful servants with the money we are given.
The Purpose of the Parable
Jesus’ purpose of teaching the parable was to communicate to those with Him that the Lord had an assignment for His faithful servants to complete before He returned to rule on earth.
- Those who were following Jesus as the time “thought the kingdom of God would appear immediately” (Luke 19:11).
- Jesus used the parable to explain that His servants had responsibilities to fulfill before He would come to rule as King and establish His government.
Jesus used the parable to describe how citizens of His Kingdom are to…
- Be responsible with what God has provided
- Be wise investors and actually invest in God’s Kingdom (the servant who hid the mina is a warning)
- Be faithful servants and work towards God’s goals and purposes
The parable story starts with a nobleman who traveled to a far-off country to claim his crown as king. He gave his servants money and asked them to put the money to work until his return.
How the Parable Teaches about Being Wise Investors
How do you put money to work? You do something with it. In Luke 11:15, it says when the nobleman returned, he wanted to “… know how much every man had gained by trading.”
How do you make money gain or multiply? You become a wise investor, just as the first servant in the parable did.
- “Then came the first, saying, ‘Master, your mina has earned ten minas.’ And he said to him, ‘Well done, good servant; because you were faithful in a very little, have authority over ten cities.’”—Luke 19:16-17
This passage tells us that we cannot limit God’s callings for our lives to serving and preaching, although those are clearly crucial. Therefore, be a wise investor, stewarding your money and serving in His Kingdom. This principle will result in a multiplication of blessings as described by the words “faithful in a very little, have authority over ten cities.”
How the Parable Teaches about Being Faithful Servants
Faith means to believe, trust, and remain loyal to the Lord. Paul describes faith in Hebrews 11 as an assurance of things hoped for and a conviction, or formal declaration of things not seen.
Therefore, a faithful servant of Jesus is one who wholeheartedly believes and loyally surrenders to Him, expecting and anticipating Him to fulfill His promises and Word completely.
In other words, if God’s Word says to trust that He will open the floodgates of Heaven and pour out blessings…
- You believe it
- You declare it
- You obey His Word
In Malachi 3:10, God tells us how to obey… to give an offering from what we have received.
- “Bring all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be food in My house, and try me in this… I will… pour out for you such blessings that there will not be room enough to receive it.”
Why do you suppose the Lord talked about biblical principles of finance? There are a number of reasons!
- To show us how to surrender our hearts to Him fully
- To reveal what it means to be a faithful servant
- To show the world that God’s ways are higher than man’s
- To give us keys to being wise investors
- To bless us
When we take a portion of what we have received and “gain by trading,” the Lord gives us more. Therefore, be a faithful servant who activates the gift, and God will multiply it. The reward of a faithful servant is more authority, more responsibility, and more trust.
What about the Subjects Who Hated the Nobleman?
Luke 19:14 says…
- “But his citizens hate him, and sent a delegation after him, saying ‘We will not have this man to reign over us.’”
Note that there is a difference in the two groups of people mentioned in the parable. Some were servants, and others were citizens. This difference suggests that those who are not servants of Jesus will despise and reject doing God’s business. The nobleman did nothing to deserve this rejection.
The servants in the parable risked a cultural backlash from the citizens who did not operate according to the nobleman’s commands. Can’t the same be said today for those who faithfully operate according to God’s biblical finance principles?
When wise investors and faithful servants invest in God’s Kingdom work, they can be ridiculed or labeled as foolish, especially if they have little to give. But God doesn’t call us to give out of what we don’t have, He calls us to give a portion of what we do have!
Remember, when you are faithful with little, you will be given more.
Those who do not serve the Lord will reject His ways and instruction. In the parable of the minas, the citizens who didn’t serve the nobleman hated the idea of “doing business” and being wise investors. Therefore, hold on to the promises of God because His ways are higher than man’s.
Why Didn’t the Third Servant Invest? Hint… He Was Afraid
The third servant came and reported to the nobleman…
- “…‘Master, here is your mina, which I have kept put away in a handkerchief. For I feared you, because you are an austere man. You collect what you did not deposit, and reap what you did not sow.’”—Luke 19:20-21
Sadly, this servant looked at the nobleman through a lens of false identity. He was fearful and saw the Master as unjust stating, “…you reap what you did not sow.”
The third servant didn’t invest because he believed a lie. What was the lie? That the nobleman wanted to reap what he didn’t sow.
But the nobleman did sow. The mina came directly from him! The unfaithful servant did not recognize this. Instead, he labeled the nobleman as unfair and harsh.
- Whatever we receive must be recognized as from the Lord. If we see it any other way, we see His instruction for being a wise investor and faithful servant as unfair.
The Warning… When we don’t recognize that the Lord provides, we not only miss out on abundant blessings, but the wealth we were given will be transferred to those who will deal with it wisely.
“And he said to those who stood by, ‘Take the mina from him, and give it to him who has ten minas.’ (But they said to him, ‘Master, he has ten minas.’) ‘For I say to you, that to everyone who has will be given; and from him who does not have, even what he has will be taken away from him.’”—Luke 19:24-26.
Therefore, seek to understand your covenant relationship and identity in Christ. Take every thought captive and make it obedient to Him.
In Summary… What Can You Learn from the Parable of the Minas?
Think about which group you want to be a part of. What outcomes do you want? Then move into alignment with that outcome.
3 Groups of People Mentioned…
- The faithful servants and wise investors.
- They were given more authority and blessings after doing business with what the nobleman gave them.
- The scared servant.
- He saw the nobleman through a false lens because he did not understand his identity as a servant.
- The hateful citizens.
- They wanted no part of the nobleman’s reign or business. Tragically, their rejection resulted in their death. “But bring here those enemies of mine, who did not want me to reign over them, and slay them before me.”—Luke 19:27
In essence, the wise investors and faithful servants trusted the nobleman, went to work according to his direction, and were blessed abundantly.
What to Do Now…
Choose to be a wise investor and faithful servant. Understand that there is an element of faith—an assurance of things unseen—that accompanies the role of a servant. And hold fast to God’s promises.
Sow a seed into God’s Kingdom HERE. Watch as He multiplies it, pouring blessings over you and others. Anticipate the words, “Well done, good and faithful servant.”
A Word for the Body of Christ
As the Body of Christ, we need to physically prepare ourselves for a transfer of wealth—invest in blue-chip stocks, farmable land, and silver. The transfer of wealth comes to those who are both physically and spiritually prepared.
We must teach God’s people to…
- Seek first the Kingdom of God and restore biblical finance of tithes, offerings, and giving.
- Love God and each other.
- Return to their Father and their biblical roots.
- Grow as disciples who operate in the nine gifts of the Spirit.
Are you ready to receive? Then let us move forward as faithful servants.