The Three Investors
(Another Take on a Familiar Parable)

Originally written in February, 2016

 

Perhaps the Kingdom of God can be compared to a wealthy estate owner who sold her most valued property and divided the money up between three different investors to manage while she took care of business overseas. She gave 62% of the money to one investor, 25% to another, and 13% to the third - dividing the money each according to their portfolios. 

The investor who was given the most went to work and began to make wise investments, furthering the fame and fortune of the estate owner, and more than doubling what was given to him to begin with. Likewise, the investor who was given the middle amount also went to work and made wise investments and furthered the fame and fortune of the estate owner, more than doubling what was given to him to begin with. But the investor who was given the least went out and in a moment of weakness, gave all the money away to a beggar in the streets then went and hid in his foolish behaviour. 

After a long time away, the estate owner returned from her overseas business and called each of them to give a report on their investments. The first investor, who had made the most, quickly spoke up saying, "See how much I have done for you, I have more than doubled what you gave me!"
The estate owner, who needed nothing said, "you have acted shrewdly with the amount I entrusted to you, putting it into things of great earthly value and making even more money for me; and now with that money comes even more responsibility. Will you be able to enter the joy of your employer?"
Then the investor who had made the next largest amount stepped forward and said, "Look, I also have more than doubled what you gave me. See how much I have done for you!" 
The estate owner said, "you also have acted shrewdly with the amount I entrusted to you, putting it into things of great earthly value and making even more money for me; and now with that money comes even more responsibility. Will you be able to enter the joy of your employer?"
Then the final investor who had given all his money away hesitantly moved forward, saying, "I knew you were a selfless woman, who needed nothing, choosing to empty your resources on those who needed it more. I admit I was afraid I would spend it on things that did not matter and so I gave it all away to a beggar in the streets. I have nothing to give you back." 
The estate owner replied, "You weak and foolish investor! You could have even put it in the bank and at least collected interest on it, but instead you gave it all away and have nothing to show for it. You alone have understood my heart and what I am trying to do here." 

Then she ordered, "Take the profits from these other two investors and give it away as you did with the rest. To those who invest shrewdly, even more will be given and they will have an abundance. But from those who need nothing, even what little they have will be given away. Now leave these two shrewd investors in their darkness where they will endlessly strive with weeping and gnashing of teeth."