What is Jesus saying personally to me today – Risk and reward
“I tell you, to everyone who has will be given more; but from the man who has not, even what he has will be taken away.
Jesus responds to the people that were expecting a messianic event to occur with a parable that is shocking to people’s sensibilities. It’s almost like he is shaking them to wake up and see that to have the kingdom of God there needs to be an internal change. It is this change, the acceptance of the spirit and the courage to make all the difficult inner adjustments where he is revealed. This proposes a great risk to our way of thinking, the control of our egos but stacked up against the rewards its a no brainer decision.
Thank you for speaking to me Jesus
How do I respond to what Jesus is saying personally to me today?
I wish my ego wasn’t as strong as it is and that I could make the changes that I know I need to make. The rewards are great but I still hesitate and it is frustrating me. I need a circuit breaker of sorts, a reset button just to get back to I where I was as I am struggling to see that any of my thinking is from or in God. I forget to make my response to God and my prayer life is minimal. I think that what I will do today is just declare my struggles to Jesus and be really honest with him because the risk is worth the reward.
You know how I am.
While the people were listening, Jesus went on to tell a parable, because he was near Jerusalem and they imagined that the kingdom of God was going to show itself then and there. Accordingly he said, ‘A man of noble birth went to a distant country to be appointed king and afterwards return. He summoned ten of his servants and gave them ten pounds. “Do business with these” he told them “until I get back.” But his compatriots detested him and sent a delegation to follow him with this message, “We do not want this man to be our king.”
‘Now on his return, having received his appointment as king, he sent for those servants to whom he had given the money, to find out what profit each had made. The first came in and said, “Sir, your one pound has brought in ten.” “Well done, my good servant!” he replied “Since you have proved yourself faithful in a very small thing, you shall have the government of ten cities.” Then came the second and said, “Sir, your one pound has made five.” To this one also he said, “And you shall be in charge of five cities.” Next came the other and said, “Sir, here is your pound. I put it away safely in a piece of linen because I was afraid of you; for you are an exacting man: you pick up what you have not put down and reap what you have not sown.” “You wicked servant!” he said “Out of your own mouth I condemn you. So you knew I was an exacting man, picking up what I have not put down and reaping what I have not sown? Then why did you not put my money in the bank? On my return I could have drawn it out with interest.” And he said to those standing by, “Take the pound from him and give it to the man who has ten pounds.” And they said to him, “But, sir, he has ten pounds…”. “I tell you, to everyone who has will be given more; but from the man who has not, even what he has will be taken away.
‘“But as for my enemies who did not want me for their king, bring them here and execute them in my presence.”’
When he had said this he went on ahead, going up to Jerusalem.