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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for June 12, 2019

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WEDNESDAY, June 12

Luke 19:11 As they were listening to this, [Jesus] went on to tell a parable, because he was near Jerusalem, and because they supposed that the kingdom of God was to appear immediately.

We might look at this parable about money and think that the returning king was overly harsh with the servant who did nothing with the money entrusted to him. We would be missing Jesus’ point.

I believe Jesus wants us to understand that we have been entrusted with a gift—something we are to steward, not to possess. What we do to express our gift is up to us, but if we choose to use it for God’s good purposes, we will likely have much more to learn and glean from it than mere enjoyment.

With Jesus, rewards are usually tied to additional responsibility as well as a deepening relationship with him and those he loves. The more we take what we are given and use it toward the goal of glorifying Jesus, the more beauty, wonder, and joy will open to us. Thanks be to God.

MOVING FORWARD: Which parable in Luke is your favorite? Share it with a friend today.

PRAY for the Diocese of Okigwe North (Nigeria)

Ps 72 * 119:73-96 | Deuteronomy 31:30—32:14 2 Corinthians 11:21b-33 | Luke 19:11-27

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