If you’ve ever invested in something expecting to benefit in some tangible way, you can relate to the gospel parable of the minas. In the parable, a certain nobleman entrusted ten pounds of silver to three household servants before leaving on official business. When the master returned, he called for an account of the servants’ stewardship entrusted to them in his absence.
One servant invested the equivalent of three months’ wages and received ten times as much in return. The second servant likewise invested, and though a lesser amount, still gained profits for the master. The third servant invested nothing and benefitted nothing. The master praised the first two servants but strongly rebuked the third for failing to be a good steward.
Our lives are like the parable; we all invest our time and talents somewhere. As with any investment, confident expectation trusts that the person or entity involved will repay us, resulting in benefits, profits, rewards, etc. Without trust, we do not invest and therefore do not gain anything in return. We do not yield control of something we possess unless we trust the one on the receiving end.
In all of life, the ability to trust is a matter of faith; and really, the basis of all trust lies in the way we trust God. Trusting Him is as much an investment as is money or time since with any commitment to Him, we lend ourselves to Him, investing who we are and all we possess. Trusting in the Lord is the most important trust relationship in life. Trusting Him is foundational to a faith that endures. Those who mature in faith also grow steady confidence that trusts in a loving heavenly Father.
“It is better to trust in the LORD
Than to put confidence in man.
It is better to trust in the LORD
Than to put confidence in princes.” (Psalm 118:8-9)
“The fear of man brings a snare,
But whoever trusts in the LORD shall be safe.” (Proverbs 29:25)
Luke 19:11-27 | Proverbs 3:5 | Psalm 118:8-9 | Proverbs 29:25 | Verses@Once