STEWARDSHIP
SERIES: Leverage
Sunday, May 27, 2018
Journey Church

We all have a life span – we have to decide how we will invest it

TEXT: Matthew 25:14-30 (#756)
14 “Again, the Kingdom of Heaven can be illustrated by the story of a man going on a long trip. He called together his servants and entrusted his money to them while he was gone. 15 He gave five bags of silver to one, two bags of silver to another, and one bag of silver to the last – dividing it in proportion to their abilities. He then left on his trip.
16 “The servant who received the five bags of silver began to invest the money and earned five more. 17 The servant with two bags of silver also went to work and earned two more. 18 But the servant who received the one bag of silver dug a hole in the ground and hid the master’s money. 19 “After a long time their master returned from his trip and called them to give an account of how they had used his money. 20 The servant to whom he had entrusted the five bags of silver came forward with five more and said, ‘Master, you gave me five bags of silver to invest, and I have earned five more.’ 21 “The master was full of praise. ‘Well done, my good and faithful servant. You have been faithful in handling this small amount, so now I will give you many more responsibilities. Let’s celebrate together!’ 22 “The servant who had received the two bags of silver came forward and said, ‘Master, you gave me two bags of silver to invest, and I have earned two more.’ 23 “The master said, ‘Well done, my good and faithful servant. You have been faithful in handling this small amount, so now I will give you many more responsibilities. Let’s celebrate together!’ 24 “Then the servant with the one bag of silver came and said, ‘Master, I knew you were a harsh man, harvesting crops you didn’t plant and gathering crops you didn’t cultivate. 25 I was afraid I would lose your money, so I hid it in the earth. Look, here is your money back.’ 26 “But the master replied, ‘You wicked and lazy servant! If you knew I harvested crops I didn’t plant and gathered crops I didn’t cultivate, 27 why didn’t you deposit my money in the bank? At least I could have gotten some interest on it.’ 28 “Then he ordered, ‘Take the money from this servant, and give it to the one with the ten bags of silver. 29 To those who use well what they are given, even more will be given, and they will have an abundance. But from those who do nothing, even what little they have will be taken away. 30 Now throw this useless servant into outer darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’

Principles that we can see in this story from Jesus:

We have all been gifted by God.

Romans 12:6 (Page #866) In his grace, God has given us different gifts for doing certain things well.

1 Corinthians 7:7 (Page #873) Yet each person has a special gift from God, of one kind or another.

1 Corinthians 12:11 (Page #877) It is the one and only Spirit who distributes all these gifts. He alone decides which gift each person should have.

Some of us are one bag of silver people / some two / some five – but we have all been given gifts

We are accountable for what we do with what God entrusts to us.

Two of the servants immediately put what they had been given to work / the servant with one bag of silver went and buried it.

As we DISCOVER the gifts that God has given us, we can choose to DEVELOP those gifts, or we can bury them.

Common reasons that people bury their gifts:

How we view God / servant with one feared his master / I don’t want to blow it and have God be mad at me

Comparison / I’m a two-gift servant – look at him or her / comparison either leads to pride (I’m better) or envy (they’re better)

Selfishness / two servants had to pay attention, one was free to do his own thing

Comfort / If I put it out there, I am risking, and that’s uncomfortable

Gifts are God’s responsibility, stewardship is ours.

Stewardship, not success, is the standard.

In the story not “good and successful” but “good and faithful”

Good/faithful is contrasted with wicked/lazy

Gifts are God’s responsibility, stewardship is ours.

How can we be good and faithful stewards of God’s gifts in our lives?
What has God entrusted me with?
How can I leverage those things to bless others and to glorify God?

Covenant with Abraham / Matthew 5:16 (736)


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