Either Use Your Gifts Or Lose Them. (Matthew 25:14-30)

Mark Bernthal, November 16, 2014
Part of the Post-Pentecost series, preached at a Sunday Morning service

I: What happens when you use your gifts from God?
II: What happens when you do not use those gifts?
The thought or themes for the last weeks of the Church Year are the End Times, Judgment Day, the Lord’s Second Coming. Well in the parable before us this morning, Jesus tells us what we are to be doing as we wait and watch for His coming. He says we are to be active in good works, to be faithful stewards of His gifts; busy bringing forth fruits of faith.
Faith trusts in God’s grace in Christ Jesus and faith will always respond to such grace. Believers will want to show in their lives that they have not received God’s grace in vain. They will respond with actions of love and service. Unfortunately, our Old Adam, our sinful flesh wants to lead us not to respond with loving actions or to be lukewarm and lazy in our service and our actions. Since we are tempted to not use the gifts or talents the Lord has given us for His service, Jesus admonishes us to be faithful in our use of whatever talents and gifts He has entrusted to us and in so doing we keep watch for the day of His glorious return….

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