Luke 19

Lectio Divina {Divine Reading} Read. Reflect. Respond. Rest.


I found myself re-reading the story in verses 19-27, what is sometimes called “the parable of the talents”.  I especially was drawn to verse 26, where Jesus clarifies the meaning of the story:  “He said, ‘That’s what I mean:  Risk your life and get more than you ever dreamed of.  Play it safe and end up holding the bag.”


I wondered what that looks like in my own life.  I would say I like to play it safe.  Risk is uncomfortable for me.  It’s scary.  But risking my life and getting more than I ever dreamed of?  What could that possibly be?  I began to reflect on times when I’ve risked my life.  And by my life, I don’t mean my physical life.  My life = my ego.  Given up control of what I think will make me look like I have it all together. Or doing things on my own.  Or surrendering my judgements.  Or my self-righteousness.  And then taken what Jesus has given to me, and invested it with him and received a return on it.  More life, better life.  Grace, love, forgiveness, freedom.  And the times when I have not risked my life, but held tightly to my own false sense of security, I will have missed out.  A burden begins to form and I begin to believe lies about myself.  And so I start to lose what I had to start with.


So who is Jesus for me in this story?  What does he want me to know today?  When I access my memories of times when I have risked my life, I believe I have gotten more than I would have dreamed of.  Each time I have been afraid that there might be nothing for me, or worse, condemnation.  Each time I have been surprised that Jesus has not laid anything heavy or ill-fitting on me, but rather met me and lavished his love on me.


I’m brought back to a verse that has been a resting place for me for some time now.  It’s wonderful how often it emerges as I do Lectio Divina in various parts of the Bible.  So again I find rest in Matthew 11:28 where Jesus says “Come to me.  Get away with me and you’ll recover your life.  I’ll show you haw to take a real rest.  Walk with me and work with me – watch how I do it.  Learn the unforced rhythms of grace.  I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you.  Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.”

Candice Letkeman

Candice is married to Curt and is the leader of the iPray team at Seeds Church.