EENY, MEENY, MINA, MOE… Luke 19: 11-27

Did I get the words right in the title?   What about that word ‘mina’?   Jesus’ parable of the Ten Minas makes us wonder what it is?  .  A ‘mina’ was equal to three months wages.  A hundred ‘minas’  was a lot of money.  That’s one hundred days income when every single days wage was needed to survive.

Jesus says that a nobleman entrusted ten servants with a ‘mina’ to ‘engage in business until I come’ (verse 13).  We have all been entrusted with ‘minas’, valuable abilities to be put to work for the Master.  Use what God has given you for Him and His Kingdom.  The more useful, the more blessed.  The  more busy with God’s busy-ness, the more the blessed-ness flows to others.  Do what God puts on your heart to do.  You know what I mean.

By the way, that’s exactly what I’m doing right now.  My writing  today is my ‘mina’ at work within His workshop.  Don’t worry about how insignificant we feel with the ‘little’ we can do.  Don’t let Satan rob you of your eternal rewards.  I’m thinking today of some dear friends. The husband has been with the Lord for a number of years.  Both loved serving the Lord.   His wife, by herself now,  has not missed any opportunity to put her ‘mina’ to work for Him.  Both loved being in church.  Any opportunity to be in God’s house with God’s people found them right there in the midst.  He was even an honorary member of the Women’s Bible Study, of which I as pastor was not!  And he got to share all the delicious goodies the ladies brought week-by-week, which I as pastor did not!

They loved visiting  our church family in times of need,  sending cards out in great number no matter what the occasion.  Always encouraging, always supporting, always loving and giving.

‘Minas’…at work.  They’re not Billy Graham and Mother Teresa.  They’re ordinary folk.  He,  a retired garbage man;  she,  a retired nurse.  Both actively working their ‘minas’ for the Lord.  I can hear the Lord saying to them, ‘Well done, good servants!  Because you have been faithful in a very little, you shall have authority…'(verse 17).

How about you?  ‘Mina’ at work for others…for the Lord?  It’s not a children’s nursery rhyme…it’s God’s business we’re employed in.  Do the best job you can…He’ll help…!

Prayer:  Lord, to do your will and work is such a privilege and joy.  For Jesus’ sake.  Amen.

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