OCCUPY UNTIL I RETURN – What Are You Doing With Your Gifts?
By Eryka T. Johnson
I recently shared an encouraging word with a group of ladies concerning the parable of the servants and talents. This is a parable with a sobering topic – servanthood. The king entrusted something precious to his servants – gifts in which to build His Kingdom – and delivered a commandment to “occupy until I return.”
Occupy means to “keep busy”. This does not imply idleness, no action, or simply waiting. No, our gifts were intended to be used for the service of the Kingdom. We must possess the land in order to sow, plant, water, and harvest it. In other words, we must use our gifts to actively engage in making the kingdoms of this world the Kingdom of God.
Gifts are God’s way of placing Himself in us. We are required to exercise these gifts with diligence, persistence, and faithfulness. And like the servant that gained 10 more talents, we too will be entrusted with more. So ask yourself this question “what am I doing with my gifts?” WE MUST OCCUPY UNTIL OUR KING RETURNS.
Luke 19:12-26 NLT
12 He said, “A nobleman was called away to a distant empire to be crowned king and then return. 13 Before he left, he called together ten of his servants and divided among them ten pounds of silver, saying, ‘Invest this for me while I am gone.’ 14 But his people hated him and sent a delegation after him to say, ‘We do not want him to be our king.’
15 “After he was crowned king, he returned and called in the servants to whom he had given the money. He wanted to find out what their profits were. 16 The first servant reported, ‘Master, I invested your money and made ten times the original amount!’
17 “‘Well done!’ the king exclaimed. ‘You are a good servant. You have been faithful with the little I entrusted to you, so you will be governor of ten cities as your reward.’
18 “The next servant reported, ‘Master, I invested your money and made five times the original amount.’
19 “‘Well done!’ the king said. ‘You will be governor over five cities.’
20 “But the third servant brought back only the original amount of money and said, ‘Master, I hid your money and kept it safe.
21 I was afraid because you are a hard man to deal with, taking what isn’t yours and harvesting crops you didn’t plant.’
22 “‘You wicked servant!’ the king roared. ‘Your own words condemn you. If you knew that I’m a hard man who takes what isn’t mine and harvests crops I didn’t plant, 23 why didn’t you deposit my money in the bank? At least I could have gotten some interest on it.’
24 “Then, turning to the others standing nearby, the king ordered, ‘Take the money from this servant, and give it to the one who has ten pounds.’
25 “‘But, master,’ they said, ‘he already has ten pounds!’
26 “‘Yes,’ the king replied, ‘and to those who use well what they are given, even more will be given. But from those who do nothing, even what little they have will be taken away.
Eryka T. Johnson