Ancient Parable on Increasing Wealth

Here is an ancient story from one of the wisest teachers to walk the earth, his name is Jesus. Whatever you believe about this man, you should still be able to honor his words here and glean from the story he’s telling.

He said: “A man of noble birth went to a distant country to have himself appointed king and then to return.  So he called ten of his servants and gave them ten minas. ‘Put this money to work,’ he said, ‘until I come back.’

“But his subjects hated him and sent a delegation after him to say, ‘We don’t want this man to be our king.’

“He was made king, however, and returned home. Then he sent for the servants to whom he had given the money, in order to find out what they had gained with it.

 “The first one came and said, ‘Sir, your mina has earned ten more.’

“‘Well done, my good servant!’ his master replied. ‘Because you have been trustworthy in a very small matter, take charge of ten cities.’

“The second came and said, ‘Sir, your mina has earned five more.’

 “His master answered, ‘You take charge of five cities.’


“Then another servant came and said, ‘Sir, here is your mina; I have kept it laid away in a piece of cloth.  I was afraid of you, because you are a hard man. You take out what you did not put in and reap what you did not sow.’

 “His master replied, ‘I will judge you by your own words, you wicked servant! You knew, did you, that I am a hard man, taking out what I did not put in, and reaping what I did not sow? Why then didn’t you put my money on deposit, so that when I came back, I could have collected it with interest?’

“Then he said to those standing by, ‘Take his mina away from him and give it to the one who has ten minas.’

 “‘Sir,’ they said, ‘he already has ten!’

“He replied, ‘I tell you that to everyone who has, more will be given, but as for the one who has nothing, even what they have will be taken away. But those enemies of mine who did not want me to be king over them—bring them here and kill them in front of me.’”

This isn’t an uncommon story. These servants all had a job. Their boss sucked! He was a bit of a rough dude to say the least. But the gold of the story is in these servants different responses to this man. This man was getting promoted to king, even though all those who worked for him knew he didn’t deserve it. But he had given the servants the job of increasing his funds. Each one does something different. Let’s start with the one increased the money by ten. He received charge of ten cities. This is probably one of the most dramatic promotions I have ever heard of in a story. This man was working with coins, dollars, and he got promoted to govern cities…Why?  A couple notable things here, one he hated his boss, I imagine his job wasn’t his favorite either but, he didn’t let his circumstance dictate his decisions. He knew he could increase the funds, and he used his ability to help a man he wasn’t in favor of and it became the doorway to his future. What’s the lesson from this? HELP OTHERS! Help others, by using your gifts to benefit those around you. Your current situations are training grounds for your future.

Now what can we glean from the servant who hid the money. This servant like the other servants hated his boss. The difference here is, he agreed with his circumstance, had no value for helping others, and had no grid for his future. He even went as far as hiding the money and trying to damage his boss, simply because his boss was unjust. Sounds like this servant couldn’t see past himself/herself. Lesson? In certain places you need to lay down your need to be justified, the two servants who invested and honored their boss/job/master in this case got huge promotions without self-justifying. Also ask what the future is for yourself and those around you, it will greatly affect your decisions in the middle ground. This means you might need to change your job, but make sure you aren’t damaging the door to your destiny with dishonoring what you have today.


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