Jesus gives us this parable of the coins (or Matthew tells us the talents) right before he enters Jerusalem, because, Luke tells us, the crowd supposed that the Kingdom of God would appear immediately. Well, what do we do with what has been given to us while we wait? What do we do with grace? What do we do with love? What do we do with forgiveness? How do we evaluate the risk of extending these things out into the world? If we invested them into the world do we believe that they will grow? Do we believe we might grow? And what does all of this have to do with what we believe about God? Is he stingy with these things?