Luke 19:11-28 Faith, A Small Gold Coin
Jesus said to the people: “I tell you, to everyone who has, more will be given, but from the one who has not, even what he has will be taken away.”
As the Lord approached Jerusalem, the people began to think that the Kingdom of God would appear there immediately. So what did the Lord do? He told them a parable, a parable about a nobleman who “went off to a distant country to obtain the kingship for himself and then to return. He called ten of his servants and gave them ten gold coins and told them, ‘Engage in trade with these until I return.’”
The Kingdom of God is not about to appear. On the contrary, it’s about to disappear.
Yes, Christ will be departing very soon. But he is promising to return. In the meantime, he has given his servants something to do: Trade. That is, to give what they have received; to give more so that they can receive even more. To everyone who has, more will be given, but from the one who has not, even what he has will be taken away.
What must I do? What can I do?
Sir, your gold coin has earned ten additional ones. The fact that we can even ask these questions is something that is very unique to man. Only man is expected to accomplish something. No animal is expected to accomplish anything, except to be itself. But with man, life is not so simple. We are not just expected to do something; we are expected to do what is right, good and holy. We are expected not to do what is easy or what makes us feel good, but to do what is right and to be good. And since we can choose not to, we can sin. We can choose not to be right with our self.
What can I do? I can do something that no other creature can do: I can worship the Lord. No other creature can raise their heads to give thanks and praise to God. No other creature on earth can acknowledge the Lord’s presence. It’s not their fault. Actually, it’s not a fault. All creatures on earth were created by God to help us acknowledge and marvel God’s love and creation. But as easily as I can give thanks to God, I can also reject him, and all with the same small coin. With my hands I can build or I can destroy. With my tongue I can give praise to God or I can reject him. With my heart I can forgive sins or I can hold on to them till the bitter end.
What can I do? I can build. And since I can build, I can also build upon what I have received. An animal will take what it has received and keep it. For example, bees build their hives in the exact same way they have built them for millennium. Beavers build damns the exact same way their ancestors built them. Birds build their nests using the same raw materials. Nothing has changed. Nothing is expected to change. No credit is given to the past. One small gold coin was given and returned.
Now we have received one small coin as well, but it is not our hands or our feet or our mind, it is our faith. Only man can believe. And since only man can believe, only we can build what has never been seen before. With the eyes of faith only we can worship what eye has not seen or ear has not heard. With faith, only we can make life more romantic and more dramatic than sinful or prideful man has ever experienced before. With faith, we can build something beautiful and everlasting.
Faith is that small gold coin that should never be hidden. It must be shared with others. And the more I give, the more I receive. Faith in God yields high returns for man. We all benefit. Those who believe in God invest in man. They never give up. They lay it all down.