As we begin this journey together in this long walk of faith. I invite you to create space for God in your life. 

I also invite you to share your musing too, for together we are so much better. I think we all could use help to slow down, clear out space in our distracted lives to take time to think–and to think well. 

This type of quest takes commitment and time. It also makes possible the opportunity for spiritual connection and friendship. Please use the comment section as an opportunity to interact and share what you’re learning. This page provides an ‘internet address’ for for inspiration, support and direction with a community of like minded people.

It’s my hope that this address will help you create sacred space in your own life where God can act. Perhaps by reading my contemplations you will develop a habit of creating regular space for yourself. When this happens, your life will be transformed in ways you never thought possible because God works in surprising and unexpected ways. 

A vibrant spiritual life cannot be formed without practice, discipline and accountability. It’s my hope that somehow this community interaction will help you grow in each of these areas. 

 

10X Investment

April 2017

‘Before he left, he called together ten of his servants and divided among them ten pounds of silver, saying, Invest this for me while I am gone….the first servant reported, Master, I invested your money and made ten times the original amount!… the third servant said, Master, I hid your money and kept it safe. I was afraid..’ Luke 19: 11-27 NLT

I thought I’d kick off  Contemplations with one of my meditations in preparation for holy week. It’s Luke’s version of the parable of the Ten Servants. I encourage you to take a moment to read the passages before you read my thoughts.

Some of us are familiar with the parable of the talents in the other gospels. This version of the story helped me to think through the familiar story in a new way.

There are 3 servants that are called out to give an account of their investment. As I reread the parable I kept asking:.

‘What happened to the other seven servants?’

What did they do with their investments?

What we do know is that they’re lost in obscurity. I have a lifelong fear that I would waste my life and not live for what matters. It’s not like I need the public affirmations at this stage of my life but I crave simple validation that I’m on the right track.

The servant who received the Master’s disapproval did so because he was afraid and wasn’t willing to take a risk. Even the minimal risk of putting the silver in a bank to earn interest was uncomfortable.

The Master expected a return on his investment. He held each servant accountable for the actions they took with the resources He gave to them.

The Master expects growth.

I hear a lot about how to 10X your business.

In order to get 10X return, I think it takes 10X risk.

We are told how the servant earns a 10X return but I venture to guess that it took a calculated risk and a lot of work. The servant wisely invested the resource he’d been given over a period of time to substantially grow the Master’s investment.

As I thought about entering holy week and trying to live the passion of Christ. I wondered how I might be willing to risk more for Jesus. He’s my Master and coming back some day to check it on my investment on the life He’s given me.

I want to be one of the servants that He says. ‘Well done, my good and faithful servant’.

I really don’t want to be an unfaithful servant who is afraid to take risks for His name’s sake. Or a servant that gradually falls away into obscurity, never to be heard from again.

Then I asked how I might be more transparent with my spiritual journey on my blog and internet business. I prayed that God would open my eyes and heart to see where I needed to have more courage and not be afraid. I prayed for 10X boldness to identify with Christ especially during holy week and not hide in the shadows like the disciples.

The announcement for you to join me on the Contemplations page was my step of faith to take a risk to invest this resource for the kingdom.

Now I hope and pray that God will bless it and it will provide you encouragement and inspiration to take 10X risk so that you might receive a 10X return on His investment in you.

Paul

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