And he called his ten servants, and delivered them ten pounds, and said unto them, Occupy till I come (Lk. 19:13 KJV)
Jesus spoke a parable of a nobleman who went on a journey and gave his servants pounds (or money) to trade and do business with while he is gone. He expected them to use what they had been given and create profits or an increase. When he handed the money over to them, he added the instruction “occupy till I come.”
This parable undoubtedly is referring to Jesus who has gone to heaven and has committed gifts and abilities to every one of His people to occupy until He returns to earth. In a related parable in Matthew 25, he gave each of the servants different amounts of money(talents) based on their capacities. The scriptures teach us clearly that the Lord has given each of us gifts, talents, and offices of ministries in the Church. His expectation is for us to occupy ourselves with the business He has committed into our hands and to have results to show at His return.
What are you doing in the house of God and for the unsaved to occupy yourself with the Master’s business? It might surprise you, but many believers are living for God, but many are not doing anything to advance God’s kingdom. They are very busy with the affairs of their individual lives and families and pay little to no attention to the Master’s business. Watch, and occupy with Kingdom business for the Master is undoubtedly coming back with an expectation to see results.
What does “till I come” mean to us today? ( Remember this parable is about Jesus and His people).
APPLY THE WORD
If Jesus comes today, what results do you have as proof of utilizing the talents and gifts He has given you? As I noted above, many believers are undoubtedly busy in life, but not with kingdom business. Do not let this be your story. Occupy this the Master comes back.
Ask the Lord to help you become fervent in spirit as you serve Him and occupy until He comes.