Seeking Spiritual Gain

‘I tell you that to everyone who has, more will be given, but as for the one who has nothing, even what they have will be taken away.‘ ~ Luke 19:26

In the parable of the Ten Minas in Luke 19, we are given a beautiful depiction of what happens when we are negligent and careless about spiritual gifts bestowed. The need to exhibit good stewardship comes alive in the responses of the three servants, each of whom were given ten minas to put to work. The first earned ten more. The second earned five more. But the third gave silly excuses for not putting it to work. “Sir, here is your mina; I have kept it laid away in a piece of cloth. I was afraid of you, because you are a hard man. You take out what you did not put in and reap what you did not sow.’ he said. Such behaviour called for harsh punishment. He lost whatever he had. It was taken away and given to the first servant.

The Bible drwas our attention to the central theme of the parable -“I tell you that to everyone who has, more will be given, but as for the one who has nothing, even what they have will be taken away.” (verse 26).  The Zondervan NIV Study Bible explains it as ‘those who seek spiritual gain for themselves and others will become richer, but those who neglect or squander what is given them will become impoverished, losing even what they have.’

One of the key aspects of seeking spiritual gain is listening carefully, a constant theme reiterated in the pages of scripture. No other book emphasizes the importance and value of this ideal as the Bible does. Jesus too frequently exhorted the crowd and disciples to listen carefully – “He who has ears to hear, let him hear.” The way we listen influences our understanding and practice of scripture. As the Study Bible says – Truth that is not understood and appropriated is lost. 1 Timothy 4:16 says – “Watch your life and doctrine closely. Persevere in them, because if you do, you will save both yourself and your hearers.” Paying close attention to spiritual truths is beneficial not only to us but also to those whom we influence, those who listen to what we say and observe what we do.

Let’s take time to reflect and see how have we been listening and make the change to seek spiritual gain by listening carefully to the voice of God.

Prayer – “Dear Heavenly Father, I thank you for being  a God who communicates with me. Forgive me for not listening carefully to you. Open my ears Lord, help me to listen and seek truth and live it out in my life so that others too are blessed. Amen.”

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