little stories…BIG TRUTH // Parable of the Talents
[ECC Lead Pastor, Scott Moore, Covington Campus]
Parable of the Talents : Matthew 25:14-15
God Rewards Good Stewardship
Stewardship is a mark of a disciple.
This stewardship does not earn us salvation, however it is evidence of our salvation.
God gives everybody something…
“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. 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. (Matthew 25:14, 15 NLT)
The earth is the Lord ’s, and everything in it. The world and all its people belong to him. (Psalms 24:1 NLT)
- As disciples, we are servants in the Master's Kingdom.
- We own nothing.
- He (not me) created the heavens and the earth.
- It is ALL His.
- We may not own anything but we HAVE BEEN ENTRUSTED with something.
Entrusted to us. // Based on our ability – time, talent, treasure.
And we are accountable.
“The servant who received the five bags of silver began to invest the money and earned five more. The servant with two bags of silver also went to work and earned two more. But the servant who received the one bag of silver dug a hole in the ground and hid the master’s money. “After a long time their master returned from his trip and called them to give an account of how they had used his money. 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.’ “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! ’ “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.’ “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!’ “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. I was afraid I would lose your money, so I hid it in the earth. Look, here is your money back.’ “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, why didn’t you deposit my money in the bank? At least I could have gotten some interest on it.’ (Matthew 25:16-27 NLT)
Because God rewards good stewardship!
(and He disciplines poor stewardship, wickedness and laziness.)
“Then he ordered, ‘Take the money from this servant, and give it to the one with the ten bags of silver. 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. Now throw this useless servant into outer darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’ (Matthew 25:28-30 NLT)
For the Lord disciplines those he loves, and he punishes each one he accepts as his child.” (Hebrews 12:6 NLT)
- The attitude of the first two servants was pointed to the Master, selfless and all for Him. [a His-attitude]
- The attitude of the third servants was fear and laziness which were selfish and indicated he was protecting himself. [a My-attitude]
Is God safe!?! No. He is not safe, but He IS good.
Am I living like a king..or am I living FOR the King?
- Answer this question: What has God entrusted me to use to serve and give back to Him? (Hint: the answer is “everything”.)
- Commit to being a better steward of the resources and opportunities that God gives me.