Today's Scripture

Matthew 25.14-30
 

Jesus told his disciples a parable about how God does things.

A real estate magnate went on an extended vacation. Before he left he convened a meeting of his operations managers and told them “I’m entrusting my special investment portfolio to you.”

The first one was given access to 5000 bitcoins.  The second given access to 2000, the third 1000.  They were given these according to what he perceived as their ability.

He went on vacation.

Immediately the first one liquidated them, bought real estate and doubled his money.  He sold the real estate and put the money back into bitcoins.

The second one did exactly the same thing, doubling the asset value from 2000 to 4000 bitcoins.

The third one liquidated the bitcoins and bought Canada Savings Bonds.

The real estate magnate returned and called them in together to report on their investments.

The first one showed him a spreadsheet and the account balance, showing what he had done and how he doubled the investment.

“Excellent! You’ve been paying attention. I didn’t really trust you with much but you did a great job. Plan on dinner with me tonight and we’ll talk about your managing a much larger portfolio.”

The second manager showed him his data, and how he had doubled the investment.

“Excellent! You’ve been paying attention, too. I didn’t really trust you with much but you did a great job. Plan on breakfast with me tomorrow and we’ll talk about your managing a much larger portfolio.”

Finally the third manager handed over a statement.

“Sir, you’re a hard man. You buy and sell what you didn’t create. You leverage people’s business and holdings and find a way to make money off of their hard work. I was afraid to do that so I sold your bitcoins and put them into CSB’s.  They made modest interest and are the same value as the original bitcoins.”

“You’re fired!  Give your trading password to your first colleague.”

Then he turned to the other two and said “Isn’t it the way that those who have much get more, more than they need”, and those who don’t lose what they have and those who don’t support the system end up on the streets without a dental plan.”