“And he called his ten servants, and delivered them ten pounds, and said unto them, Occupy till I come.”
The parable in the verse above is often used to talk about how we should handle money. Though this parable presents some valuable lessons that every person could use in handling finances, this parable is not really about money. When you look at this parable in context, you will find that Jesus taught this parable in response to those who criticized Him for going to Zacchaeus’ house. Jesus answered their criticism by showing what He expects from every Christian. Jesus reveals four expectations that He requires every Christian to follow.
First, God expects every Christian to occupy until He comes. The word “occupy” means to employ yourself in the LORD’s business. In other words, God expects the Christian to stay busy doing His work until He comes or they go to Heaven. May I say that going to church three times a week is not occupying. Going to church is where we receive the orders from God’s Word to follow while we are serving Him throughout the week. You are not a good Christian because you are faithful to church. Though God requires you to be faithful to church, He also expects you to stay busy in His business. What is the business of the LORD? It is found in verse 10 where it says, “For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.” The business of the LORD is to reach the lost for Christ. If you are not busy reaching the lost, you are not doing the LORD’s business.
Second, God expects every Christian to accept His lordship over their lives. The servants said in verse 14, “We will not have this man to reign over us.” These servants hated their master and decided to do what they wanted to do. Friend, it is not a choice as to whether you should obey what the LORD commands you to do in His Word. It is His expectations for every Christian to follow every Word in the Scriptures. God’s commands are not a smorgasbord to pick and choose what you want to follow; rather, they are His divine orders which you must follow to avoid being insubordinate to your Master.
Third, God expects every Christian to invest their Christianity. This parable showed how two servants doubled their value by investing what he gave them. Christian, you are to invest yourself in such a manner that you at least double your value to the LORD with whatever talents He has given you. You have wasted God’s investment in you if you are not more valuable to the LORD today than the day you got saved. Whatever talent the LORD has given you is to be developed so that you are more valuable to Him. Be careful that you don’t waste the talents He has given you. Always remember that the talents the LORD has given you are simply the starting point from where He expects you to grow.
Fourth, do what you can for the LORD. Jesus didn’t expect the man with five talents to be able to do what the man with ten talents did, but He expected him to do what he could do. Christian, God will not compare you to others. He only compares you to what you can do. If you do the best with what you have, He will be pleased with you.
Are you a worthy servant of the LORD? Have you fulfilled His expectations for you? If these four things are found in your life, you will find the LORD will be pleased with you and will consider you a faithful servant.