Do not neglect your abilities

Luke Bible Background

04.23.2018 – New Testament: Luke 19.24–26

To read the Bible in a year, read Luke 19.1–28 on April 23, In the year of our Lord 2018

By Don Ruhl

Jesus spoke a parable in which a nobleman gave money to his servants and expected them to make more money. However, the one who only had one item of money, did not use it, fearing losing it. The nobleman in the story took action against him,

“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).

The nobleman represented Jesus and the servants represent us. Jesus gives to each of us certain abilities and possessions, and He expects us to produce for Him.

In the story that He told, the servant with the one piece of money did nothing with it. Why then should he be able to keep it? The nobleman had it taken away and given it to the one with the ten pieces of money because he would make it grow.


  • What are you doing with the abilities that the Lord has given to you?
  • What are you doing with the things that the Lord has given to you?

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