The Ten Minas and the Lord of the Rings
The parable of the Ten Minas in Luke 19:11-27 was occasioned by Jesus’ incoming arrest and death in Jerusalem. He was about to conclude his earthly ministry with a bang (a shocking bang, to be exact) and his going away sermon was this parable. Two things that stood out for me in the story was the issue of faithful stewardship and the sure return of the king.
This reminds me of the Lord of the Rings. One of the poignant scenes that struck me in the movie version was when Boromir first met Aragorn in a heated discussion about the ring in Rivendell. Boromir came from a family of stewards to the throne in Gondor and he had no idea that Aragorn actually descended from the family of kings he was supposed to serve. In a moment of frustration, Boromir blurted out, “Gondor has no king. Gondor needs no king.”
I find that scene both ironic and instructive for us today. A steward standing before his king openly declaring his defiance is, by all rights, treason. Stewards have one job: to remain faithful until the rightful king arrives. This is our job description as believers of King Jesus: to remain faithful and to invest the riches of his gospel until he returns and make an accounting of our lives.