I remember growing up my mother would leave for her meetings and ask us to do all that needs to be done. Some days we tried getting things done, basically the cleaning and cooking; as well as making sure no one gets hurt in the plays and fights. Many times though, she would come back to ‘nothing’ Yes, she would come back in the evening to a house dirtier than she left, her children have not showered, no food has been cooked, and all she left has been eaten. On such days we would be caned and given half an hour to get things in order. Everyone felt her disappointment.
In Luke 19, we read about the parable of the ten minas. Before making a trip, a man calls his ten servants and gave them ten pounds saying ‘occupy till I come’ When he returned, ‘The first one came and said, ‘Sir, your mina has earned ten more.’ the master was glad and pleased, “‘Well done, my good servant!’ he said, ‘Because you have been trustworthy in a very small matter, take charge of ten cities. The second came and said, ‘Sir, your mina has earned five more.’ His master answered, ‘You take charge of five cities.’
Then another servant came and said, ‘Sir, here is your mina; I have kept it laid away in a piece of cloth. I was afraid of you, because you are a hard man. You take out what you did not put in and reap what you did not sow.’ His master replied, ‘I will judge you by your own words, you wicked servant! You knew, did you, that I am a hard man, taking out what I did not put in, and reaping what I did not sow? Why then didn’t you put my money on deposit, so that when I came back, I could have collected it with interest?’
The first two pleased the master, but the third one disappointed him. When the master left, he expected them to get busy, make good use of the pounds and be fruitful. In the same way, God has given us gifts, talents and abilities to enable us to occupy until He returns. We are supposed to go to work, busy profiting the kingdom of God and the communities around us.
Do not let fear hold you back from occupying. You have what it takes to be fruitful and subdue the earth. You have what it takes to make a profit and grow that which the master left in your custody. The time is now. If the master returns today, what do you have to show?