- Sermon Notes
Faithfulness in All Things
Illus. Seasonal school sales …
- With each new season in life, there are increases in responsibility, greater things are realized and entrusted to us. With each increase there is an opportunity for greater faithfulness in all things.
- Christ has entrusted each one of us a life, with gifting’s, passions and talents. He has also placed each one of us right where we are.
- There remains a call, in season and out of season to remain faithful in all things.
Read Matthew 25:14-29
- The servants in this story were entrusted talents.
- This parable is all about how you spend the life that God has given you.
I. Your Life Has Been Entrusted to You
- The man going on a journey represents Jesus, and the servants who are entrusted with talents represent God’s people.
- Talent today for most of us, means natural ability or God given gift. At the time of this story, “talent,” meant sum of money.
- What's interesting is that our modern world, the word "talent," actually comes from this very idea. It originally meant "a weight of money," with the value determined by whether it was gold, silver, or copper.
- In this parable, we see a master who knew his servants well. To the first he entrusted 5 talents, to the second he gave 2 talents and to the third, he gave 1 talent.
- The one with 5, earned 5 more, the one with 2, earned 2 more and the servant with 1 talent, dug a hole in the ground and hid his talent.
- To the first two, the master says, “well done good and faithful servant, you have been faithful with few things and more will be given to you.”
- The last servant only speaks of his fear. He therefore was irresponsible with what he was given and refused to even try for a greater return.
- In your life. God has entrusted your heart, soul, mind and strength. He also calls you to use those things for His glory.
- Your life has been entrusted to you, whether you feel you have much or you feel you have a little, those things have been entrusted to you from the Lord.
If it’s not specified in scripture, it usually meant silver. At today's silver values, a talent of silver would be worth about $55,000. In Jesus's time, a talent of silver would be worth about 20 years wages at minimum wage or $350,000.
Luke 12:48, ... From everyone who has been given much, much will be expected.
Illus. – We celebrated Independence Day yesterday.
- Use what God has entrusted for His glory.
A. Don’t be a spiritual hoarder
Hebrews 12:1 “Therefore since we are surrounded by a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.
- The first two servants received from their master and then invested those things. They did something with what was given, which produced more.
- The third servant, who was given one talent, opted out and decided to bury his talent.
- Opting out and burying that talent was the worst possible option.
- There is a race that God has marked out for us, it is important that we run that race.
- The point here then, is to be about your Fathers business. What is your Father doing? He’s changing lives and that’s what he wants you to be about as well.
Illus. – God gives spiritual gifts to the church. For what reason? Every spiritual gift is given for the purpose of building up and edifying the church.
- It’s all about being faithful to what God has asked us to do with our lives.
Why are some people not producing godly fruit?
Luke 8:14, "The seed which fell among the thorns, these are the ones who have heard the Word, but as they go on their way they are choked with worries and riches and pleasures of this life, and bring no fruit to maturity."
James 4:3, You ask and do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, so that you may spend it on your pleasures.
1 Corinthians 4:2, In this case, moreover, it is required of stewards that one be found faithful.
Illus. – We often want more without being able to efficiently handle what we have been given. “I’d sure like to be a leader.” This is not the way God works…
- The posture Jesus wants us to take in our lives is the posture of a servant. Jesus was a servant and he calls us to serve as he served.
App. 1 Samuel 16: David was out tending sheep when he was anointed as the next King.
B. God Blesses Faithfulness
- In this parable, the master accused the servant who buried his talent of being a wicked, lazy servant because he didn't even do the simplest thing with what he had been given.
Illus. - When the man buried the talent he was given in the ground, what then did he do with his time?
- Jesus was telling this story because it relates to our response in light of what God has given each of us.
- God has given each of you a gift, a life, a real talent. Others believe their life is of little value, but God gave His Son for you.
- He gave you His word, His Holy Spirit and the very life you live. What more should He give?
- One of the greatest rewards we could ever receive would be to simply hear those words found in verse 21, "Well done, good and faithful servant; you were faithful with a few things, I will put you in charge of many things, enter into the joy of your master.”
- Use what you have been given faithfully.
App. - Serving at the church for many years, then leaving my job for full time ministry.
Matthew 6:20, "But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys, and where thieves do not break in or steal; for where your treasure is, there your heart will be also."
- Find treasure in serving the Lord in putting Him first. Store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, which is where your treasures will remain safe.
- The way you live today, it matters.
II. Spend Your Life Well
This past week Peggy Wilkinson passed away after a long and hard fought battle with cancer. We had been praying for her a great deal and we mourn her passing. Many of you know her and others know her as the daughter of Gene and Carol Grass or the sister of Paul and Anna Grass.
Peggy kept a blog over the past year called “Choosing Joy…One moment at a time” … I would like to read a part of her March 8th 2015 blog entry:
I'm learning to live one day at a time. To love each day. To really try to find joy each day... one slow day at a time. I'm learning to trust that that God will give me what I need each day. Learning to ask each morning that He'll give me my daily bread... Just enough for that day. And I'm learning to accept that just enough and learning to be ok with it.
- As I read through her blog posts, I was reminded of the choice we have as followers of Christ, to “Choose Joy, one moment at a time.”
- We can choose joy over bitterness, envy or jealousy.
- Trust that God will give you what you need.
- This can be the most difficult truth to comprehend. I applaud Peggy for her trust in God throughout her battle, for her diligence to choose joy…one moment at a time.
- God has given you each day, choose to trust and serve Him wholeheartedly.
- We can easily look to our left or our right, look at others who seem to have more…More money, more talent, more likes on every Facebook post, more friends and the list goes on.
- In those times of life you can feel like the servant who was given less and end up clinging to fear.
Illus. – A pastor once came to me in college and said “get off the sidelines” we need you. I was in a season of feeling inadequate for ministry I questioned my calling and honestly, I was spiritually hoarding. I needed that urging.
- Ultimately, that urging reminded me that I needed to spend my life well.
- A life built upon what God has given is much better than trying to build upon what He hasn’t.
Illus. – In 2013 God blessed Kathy and I with our home. We were very excited, but, it needed some work. Watching the HGTV home improvement shows.
- Build upon what God has given and how He has blessed.
- God recognizes each person as a unique individual with varied circumstances and personalities.
- It is easy to worry about what others have…. Jealousy will only serve to take away from your own faithfulness.
- God gives what we can handle; build upon what He has given you.
Hebrews 13:5 “Be content with what you have, because God has said, "Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you."
- Build with contentment.
B. Be a good steward
- What God has given you, be sure to give back to him. He is asking for our lives, for our all.
- God will give to you, each day, are you faithfully trusting in Him and pursuing faithfulness in all things?
- When you serve Him faithfully, He will build you up and ready you for what He has in store.
App. – I spoke earlier of David tending sheep when he was anointed king. God also used that season in his life when he volunteered to face Goliath in 1 Samuel 17 34-38.
- Let us be those who exhibit faithfulness in all things and in each season. Tomorrow is not promised, it is critical today more than ever, that we give
the Lord our all.
Psalm 37:5 “Commit your way to the Lord; Trust also in Him, and He will do it.
In the book “Mere Christianity” C.S. Lewis wrote, “Every faculty you have, your power of thinking or of moving your limbs from moment to moment, is given to you by God. If you devoted every moment of your whole life exclusively to His service, you could not give Him anything that was not in a sense His own already.”
- God has entrusted to each of us this life, each day and moment therein. As the body of Christ, let us live with faithfulness in all things.
Matthew 25:14-29 NASB