The nobleman called in ten of his servants and gave them ten gold coins. One of them gained ten more, and then took charge of ten cities. I think we can deduce that this emphasis on ten should remind us of the Ten…
Right. Commandments. We have a lot of friends in this life. But none of them help us more than our dear friends, the Ten Commandments.
The parable takes a little turn: we only hear about the success or failure of three of the servants. The other seven go without further mention.
Now, the hero of the parable turned a 1000% profit on his original endowment. The second hero earned 500%. The hapless, timorous, self-centered goat of the parable earned a big goose-egg.
Can we safely assume that the other seven earned somewhere between nothing and 500%? Can we assume that they gave it their best shot? But, not having heroic qualities, they turned a respectable, but unremarkable, quiet profit?
I hope I can accomplish that much. I give credit to all of you heroes who can accomplish so much more. All of us have endowments of some kind, and we can turn a profit for the glory of God by loving our neighbors fearlessly. If it’s only a 50% or 75% profit, maybe we won’t wind up in charge of any cities. But at least we will have loved God with all that we had.