The master went away to receive his kingdom. Before going he gave one mina, or coin, to three of his servants. Each was given the instruction, “Put this money to work until I come back.” When the master returned, he called his servants to him. The first servant came and reported to the master that his one mina had now become 10. He received the praise of the master and was given responsibility for 10 cities.
The second servant reported a five-fold increase. His one coin had become five. He too was given more responsibility and authority by the master. The third servant had buried what he had been given and it had remained the same. He had neither grown what he had been given, nor put it to work as the master had said to do. This servant was called a wicked servant and removed from the kingdom.
This well-known parable speaks to us of God’s expectation that His followers would take what they have been given and increase it. God expects us to grow! He expects us to multiply! And He expects us to multiply a lot!
What would it look like in our work among Muslims, Hindus, and Buddhists if we saw an increase of 10 times in the next few years? What if 20 believers became 200? Or three house churches became 30 house churches? Let’s ask God for this kind of supernatural growth. He is able and He can do this through us!
One day we will hear Him say, “Well done, faithful servant. You’ve taken what I’ve given you, multiplied it, and increased it!”
Personal questions to consider:
1. How are you investing what God has given you to see an increase of His Kingdom?
2. In what ways may you be focused on what you don’t have, rather than using and increasing what you do have in your hands already?
1. Receive ever-increasing levels of faith.
2. Recognize what would need to change in your heart to believe God for a 10-time increase in fruitfulness in the harvest.