NO REGRETS: TRUE TO MYSELF
Sunday, April 23, 2017
- Series: No Regrets – Live Well Today So You’ll Love Tomorrow
- How do you live your life today so you have no regrets at the end of your life?
- “The Top Five Regrets of the Dying” (Bronnie Ware, 2011)
- #1 Regret: “I wish I’d had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me.”
- What (or who) defines you? What are some of the labels you wear?
So how do we live true to ourselves and who God has made us to be instead of living the life others define for us?
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.
- The wealth they had was not theirs, it belonged to the master / We have been entrusted
- We are all blessed (general blessing of God)
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.
- Specific blessing
- “in proportion to their abilities” / The distribution of the resources is about capacity, not character
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.
- How we invest what we have been entrusted with matters
- Two of the servants went all in with what they had been given
- One servant buried it – didn’t spend it or steal it – buried it
- When you or I live a life based on the expectations of others rather than a life that is true to us and the expectations of the One Who has entrusted it to us, we are burying what we have been given. Why do people do that?
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.
- Jesus wants His followers to know (remember He’s talking to them about the end times and how they should live towards that) and us to know, that we are accountable for how we spend the life that He has entrusted to us.
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.’
- At the end, you will be accountable for who God wanted you to be, not who others wanted you to be.
- “Well done, my good and faithful servant”
- Not as much about your vocation as it is about your contribution
- William Borden: “No reserves, no retreats, no regrets.”
- “There are a thousand things you can do with your life; a thousand ways you can spend it. But how many of them will enable you to say at the end of your life: ‘No reserve, no retreat, no regrets?’” – Billy Graham @ URBANA conference, 1961