The Exact Same Pound

And he called his ten servants, and delivered them ten pounds, and said unto them. Occupy till I come. (Luke 19:13).

Unlike the Parable of the Talents in Matthew 25, everyone in this story receives the exact same amount—one pound. This very small sum amounts to about $30.00 In American money. At the start, the servants are all challenged to make the most of their meager capital. If they all work the same with the same amount, they can expect about the same returns from the same markets.

As It turns out, the levels of personal effort differs widely. One receives a ten-fold increase and another five-fold. The last forfeits his only pound by laziness. In life, some things are universally equal. We all have 24 hours in a day; we all have the same applicable promises in the Bible; we all have the same gospel to share—no more, no less. But because we all don't work as hard or as faithfully, we end up with more or less. And some with nothingl

Since God blesses integrity more than brains and brawn, a pound of character is needed for a pound of assets.

“Do all the good you can, By all the means you can, At all the times you can, As long as ever you can.” —John Wesley