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Stewardship of the Garden (3 of 5)
Series: Stewardship of His Gifts
OPEN: A famous preacher once delivered a powerful sermon on the subject of ''God's Ownership'' and - since it spoke of the things we have belonging to God - this made a certain rich member of the church a little upset.
The wealthy man took the preacher to his home for lunch, and then walked him through his elaborate gardens, woodlands, and farm. When the tour was completed, the rich man smiled and said ''Now are you going to tell me, that all this land does not belong to me?''
The preacher though about that a moment and asked ''Ask me that same question a 100 years from now.''
APPLY: Last week we touched on the fact that everything that we have belongs to Jesus. When we declared that Jesus was our LORD - we were saying He now owns us.
He owns my bank account
He owns my home, my car, my family
He owns the shirt on my back
IT'S ALL HIS!
And God expects me to use those things (which He now owns) for Him.
The parable we read this morning looks at that truth from a slightly different angle:
Jesus 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.''' Luke 19:12-13
The point of this parable is this:
When Jesus returned to heaven to become King of Kings and Lord of Lords He left us with something special - a gift that He wanted us to ''invest'' for Him.
He refers to that gift He gave us as a ''mina.''
Now we don't use ''minas'' today, but back in the day of Jesus a Mina was a very valuable commodity. It was a form of currency which weighed about 14 ounces and its monetary value equaled approximately 100 days of manual labor.
To put in terms of our present society, a mina would be worth somewhere between $8000 and $10,000.
Now, that's a fair amount of money.
If someone came up ...
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