The Messiah’s Ministry: Teaching on the Talents

Running with the football

Matthew 25:14-30

One of the most pressing questions of our time: who will be the Seahawks punt returner? Safety Earl Thomas wants the job, and has this to say: “This is my future. I can help this team and I know I can,” Thomas said. “…I want to show everybody who I am and I want to be able to impact the game as much as possible.

When it Comes to Talent:
* We Are Receivers
14-18 distribution of talents
v14 we entrusted with something that belongs to God
v15 God gives us according to our ability – He knows us!
v16/17 expectation is that we would get to work
v18 not everyone fulfills expectations

* We Are Returners
19-23 settling of positive accounts
v19 we will settle with the Master
v20 talents put to use on Master’s behalf
v21 Make the Master happy!
v22 amount of talents isn’t the issue; it’s what you do with what you’ve been given
v23 well done to be faithful with a little

* We Are Responsible
24-30 settling of negative accounts
v24 hard man=harsh, ungenerous
v25 responded to Master in fear
v26/27 now you know why this servant only got one talent…
v28/29 God does not waste His talent (this guy is an example)
v30 lead into next section – the final judgment

On New Year’s Day, 1929, Georgia Tech played University of California in the Rose Bowl. In the first half of that game a man named Roy Riegels recovered a fumble for California. Somehow, he became confused and started running 65 yards in the wrong direction. Coach Price reached out and put his hand on Riegel’s shoulder and said to him: “Roy, get up and go on back; the game is only half over.” And Roy Riegels went back, and the opposing team said they have never seen a man play football as Roy Riegels played that second half.

No matter if you’ve ever felt as if you’ve let the Lord down in the use of your talents – YOU ARE NOT DONE YET.

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