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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14For the kingdom of heaven is as a man travelling into a far country, who called his own servants, and delivered unto them his goods. 15And unto one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one; to every man according to his several ability; and straightway took his journey. 16Then he that had received the five talents went and traded with the same, and made them other five talents. 17And likewise he that had received two, he also gained other two. 18But he that had received one went and digged in the earth, and hid his lord's money. 19After a long time the lord of those servants cometh, and reckoneth with them. 20And so he that had received five talents came and brought other five talents, saying, Lord, thou deliveredst unto me five talents: behold, I have gained beside them five talents more. 21His lord said unto him, Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord. 22He also that had received two talents came and said, Lord, thou deliveredst unto me two talents: behold, I have gained two other talents beside them. 23His lord said unto him, Well done, good and faithful servant; thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord. 24Then he which had received the one talent came and said, Lord, I knew thee that thou art an hard man, reaping where thou hast not sown, and gathering where thou hast not strawed: 25And I was afraid, and went and hid thy talent in the earth: lo, there thou hast that is thine. 26His lord answered and said unto him, Thou wicked and slothful servant, thou knewest that I reap where I sowed not, and gather where I have not strawed: 27Thou oughtest therefore to have put my money to the exchangers, and then at my coming I should have received mine own with usury. 28Take therefore the talent from him, and give it unto him which hath ten talents. 29For unto every one that hath shall be given, and he shall have abundance: but from him that hath not shall be taken away even that which he hath. 30And cast ye the unprofitable servant into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth. (KJV)