For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost. —Luke 19:10

 He said therefore, “A nobleman went into a far country to receive for himself a kingdom and then return. Calling ten of his servants, he gave them ten minas, and said to them, ‘Engage in business until I come.’ But his citizens hated him and sent a delegation after him, saying, ‘We do not want this man to reign over us.’ When he returned, having received the kingdom, he ordered these servants to whom he had given the money to be called to him, that he might know what they had gained by doing business. The first came before him, saying, ‘Lord, your mina has made ten minas more.’ And he said to him, ‘Well done, good servant! Because you have been faithful in a very little, you shall have authority over ten cities.’ And the second came, saying, ‘Lord, your mina has made five minas.’ And he said to him, ‘And you are to be over five cities.’ Then another came, saying, ‘Lord, here is your mina, which I kept laid away in a handkerchief; for I was afraid of you, because you are a severe man. You take what you did not deposit, and reap what you did not sow.’ He said to him, ‘I will condemn you with your own words, you wicked servant! You knew that I was a severe man, taking what I did not deposit and reaping what I did not sow? Why then did you not put my money in the bank, and at my coming I might have collected it with interest?’ And he said to those who stood by, ‘Take the mina from him, and give it to the one who has the ten minas.’ And they said to him, ‘Lord, he has ten minas!’  ‘I tell you that to everyone who has, more will be given, but from the one who has not, even what he has will be taken away. —Luke 19:12-26

 Incline my heart to your testimonies, and not to selfish gain! Turn my eyes from looking at worthless things; and give me life in your ways. —Psalm 119:36-37

             Do we truly seek what is important and the priority of our Lord?  He “came to seek and to save the lost.”  Are we seeking the lost to share the gospel with them that they may be saved?  Is our focus on His testimonies or are we focused on “selfish gain?”  Are we spending our time on “worthless things” or are we truly experiencing life as we walk in His ways?

            In the parable above we can see that our Lord expects a return with the life and resources He has given us.  We are not all the same in abilities, giftedness and resources, but each of us will give an account as to how we utilized His generosity toward us.  How are you using the resources He has given you to steward for Him, to put to work for Him?  What are the gifts and abilities He has given you to use for His glory, the benefit of others and your benefit?  Are you putting them to His use?

             Are we just wandering through our days without any thought of putting His resources to work or do we have a strategy as we run the race each day that He has marked out for us (Hebrews 12:1-2)?  Truly, are we being very intentional with what He desires for us?  These are questions that I need to ask myself and answer.  You need to as well.  Then I need to make the adjustments according to His will.  May I do so to be more in line with His desires for me and may you likewise do so. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_eQd3K2Fxp4

Dear Father please help me to “run the race you have marked out” for me and not get distracted from it.  Help me today to do so… and tomorrow … and for the rest of my life on this planet.  May this be so by the power of Your Holy Spirit and in the authority of Your Son Jesus.

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