Vision and Goals
When Jesus was on His final journey to Jerusalem He passed through Jericho and encountered Zacchaeus, a tax-collector and invited Himself to eat at Zacchaeus’ home. The people were incensed that Jesus would eat at the home of a sinner. The crowd following Jesus was expectant of the immediate appearance of the kingdom of God. In this setting Jesus told a parable:
“He said: `A man of noble birth went to a distant country to have himself appointed king and then to return. So he called ten of his servants and gave then ten minas, `Put this money to work,’ he said, `until I come back.’
“`But his subjects hated him and sent a delegation after him to say, `We don’t want this man to be our king.’
“`He was made king, however, and returned home. Then he sent for the servants to whom he had given the money, in order to find out what they had gained with it.’
“`The first one came and said, `Sir, your mina has earned ten more.’
“`Well done, my good servant!’ his master replied. `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 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?’
“Then he said to those standing by, `Take his mina away from him and give it to the one who has ten minas.’
“`Sir,’ they said, he already has ten!’
“`He replied, `I tell you that to everyone who has, more will be given, but as for the one who has nothing, even what they have will be taken away. But those enemies of mine who did not want me to be king over them—bring them here and kill them in front of me.’” (Luke 19: 12 – 27 NIV)
This is a long quote of what we consider a very familiar parable. There are some important considerations presented by Jesus in this parable. First, Jesus was telling us that we were about to enter into this situation. Jesus was about to become that person of noble birth who was about to go away to receive a kingdom. The parable instructs us to put to use the gifts given to us while He is away.
Second, when Jesus returns to receive His kingdom; He will return in power and will expect a good report concerning the use of the gifts He has given to His servants.
Third, the one who believes the lie that the master is a hard man, taking out what he did not put in, and reaping what he did not sow, and, therefore, acts in fear by not using the gifts given by the master, will be severely judged.
Fourth, those who reject Jesus and do not what Him to rule over them; will be punished severely.
I would like to make some observations based on these teachings. Our master, Jesus, is sitting at the right hand of God watching the completion of His commands that He gave us when He went away. Furthermore, He has sent the Holy Spirit to guide us and make possible the completion of His commands. Jesus has not left us as orphans but, through the Holy Spirit, continues to guide us and supply us with what is necessary to continue to do His work.
By the gifts of the Holy Spirit, just like the gifts of the minas in the parable, we are enabled to complete the vision and the goals set before us. As we complete the vision given us by the Holy Spirit and carry out the goals laid before us; we will become qualified to inherit cities to govern. Believe me when I tell you, it is worth doing the little assignments in preparation for the larger tasks that will come. Allow the Holy Spirit to work in you to complete your vision and goals.