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The Joy Of The Lord!

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Sermon shared by George Dillahunty

October 2009
Summary: To those of us who use the talents and abilities that Almighty God has blessed us with in service to the Lord God Almighty and others, He will say: "Well Done...Enter into the joy of the Lord!"
Denomination: Church of God
Audience: General adults
Sermon:
Rev. George R. Dillahunty
685 Grant Avenue
Virginia Beach, Virginia 23452-3047

October 18, 2009

Text: Matthew 25:21 (King James Version)

"His lord said unto him, ’Well done thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things: enter into the joy of thy Lord."

Topic: The Joy Of The Lord!

For those of us who use the talents and abilities that Almighty God has blessed us with in service to the Lord God Almighty and others, He will say: "Well done...Enter into the joy of the Lord!" The Message Bible (MSG), records our Holy Scripture text, for today, in this way: "His master commended him: ’Good work! You did your job well. From now on be my partner.’" The New Living Translation (NLT) records it this way: "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!"

In the "Parable of the Talents," found in Matthew 25:14-30 (KJV), we find the story of a man who was preparing for a long journey. Before he departed, he turned his money over to three (3) trusted employees and told them to manage the funds for him! To one employee, he gave five thousand dollars - to another he gave two thousand dollars - and, to the last he gave one thousand dollars. The first two (2) employees used the money in trades and doubled what they had received! The third employee - afraid to do anything with his funds - buried it in the ground! When the master returned home, he was pleased with the first two (2) employees who increased the funds and turned a profit - however, he was extremely harsh with the third employee who did nothing with his funds!

Jesus, the Christ, told this story to illustrate our responsibility to Almighty God! The parable teaches us some important Truths, for instance: we can see that not everyone is equally endowed - some individuals have more brains and abilities than others - some are born with stronger and more attractive physcial bodies than others - some are given better opportunities! Someone once said, "I can do anything anybody else can do!" That statement, however, simply is not true - no single individual can do everything!

Almighty God has invested some abilities and talents in every single individual - it is not our business to compare ourselves with others - but, rather, to use what abilities and talents we have in the best way that we can! When I listen to a great preacher, I realize that I cannot preach like that individual can - I wish that I could - however, I know that I cannot! Then, all of a sudden, I realize that preacher cannot preach like I can!

Almighty God made me who I am - He could have made anybody like me; but, since He didn’t, it is my duty to make the best out of what He did make in me and not be envious of anybody else! Almighty God made you - He invested some talents and abilities in you; and, He expects you to use them!

The late great American poet, Charles Edwin Anson Markham (1852 - 1940), in his poem, entitled "The Day and The Work," tells us:

***"There is waiting a work where only your hands avail;
***And so if you falter, a chord in the music will fail."

It lifts us each to a thrilling sense of importance to realize that Almighty God - an awesome and Eternal God - needed
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