Read Luke 19:11-27
If this parable sounds somehow familiar, it should. Many elements are similar to the one Jesus used in Matthew 25:14-30. In both, a man goes on a journey. The man in both entrusts treasures to servants. In each, the results of three servants’ dealing are recounted . . . two that multiplied the entrusted treasure; one that merely stored the treasure away. In both, the two faithful servants are rewarded, while the one lazy servant is punished. To be sure, the two parables have much in common.
Meanwhile, it is clear that the two are different. They were given at different times in different contexts with different details. And though there is great similarity in a primary thrust of the two parables – faithful stewardship – there is a detail in the second parable that is worthy of more concentrated focus in the lines to follow. That detail is the very purpose of the man’s journey:
“A man of noble birth went to a distant country to have himself appointed king and then to return” (v. 12).
Indeed, we have previously addressed the fact that Jesus is the man on a journey to a distant country. We have pointed out that part of His very purpose is to establish a kingdom on the earth. This is the kingdom we pray for when we follow the Lord’s Prayer. But do we really understand this kingdom? Are we really willing to be subjects in such a kingdom? Are we really willing to have Jesus reign over us?
Words bookending the servants’ use of the minas make it clear that there were some who were unwilling to yield to the nobleman’s authority (v. 14). These people were called “enemies,” and they were subjected to severe punishment (v. 27).
Jesus wants more than people who follow merely for all of the benefits He offers. He wants us to follow in willing submission to the fact that He is King. He is the One who calls the shots.
Have you subjected yourself to His leadership today? Can you truly call Him your “Lord”?