Summary: What God expects the church to do with the resources He has entrusted to us.
Series: Stories from the Kingdom
Text: Matthew 25:14-30
Title: “Get Busy Doing God’s Business”
• This parable follows the one of the ten virgins; Jesus is pouring the idea into His disciples that His return was not as soon as they had believed.
o We must understand at this point the disciples still did not understand fully what Jesus was teaching them or even His purpose in coming this time.
Luke 22:24 -- 24 Now there was also a dispute among them, as to which of them should be considered the greatest.
o They still were thinking that Jesus was coming as a King who was going to overthrow the Roman occupation and set us His earthly kingdom.
• Even after Jesus’ death, burial and resurrection they still did not understand anything about the NT Church and the role believer’s would play in God’s redemptive purpose.
Acts 1:6-8 (NKJV)
6 Therefore, when they had come together, they asked Him, saying, “Lord, will You at this time restore the kingdom to Israel?” 7 And He said to them, “It is not for you to know times or seasons which the Father has put in His own authority. 8 But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”
o However Jesus had promised them in John 14:26 that the Holy Spirit would bring back to their memories all that He had taught them.
• Read Illustration: When the wind blows (Sermon Central)
I. Entrusting of Resources (14-15)
• “For the kingdom of heaven…to a far country.”
o Jesus again is teaching them that He was going away and that His return may not be as soon as they think (vs. 13).
o However while Jesus tarries He has not left His followers empty handed.
• We have all been left with valuable resources.
o Notice these resources are only left for his servants.
John 12:26 -- 26 If anyone serves Me, let him follow Me; and where I am, there My servant will be also. If anyone serves Me, him My Father will honor.
o We can’t serve Him unless we have made Him our King.
• Here in the parable the servants were left with money, but God has entrusted us with so much more.
o Spiritual Gifts (Administration, Giving, Mercy, Discernment, Leadership, Hospitality, Faith, Preaching, Teaching)
o Anything that can be used to glorify God.
• It is recognizing that it all belongs to God; we are merely just trusted stewards of everything God has given us.
o Think of what we could do for God if we stopped acting like it all belonged to us and started treating it like it all belongs to God.
• Not only have we all been left with resources, but notice that we have not all been left with the same resources.
• “to each according to his own ability.”
o The reality is we are all given resources by God that are unique to us, however each part is vital to the function of the entire church.
1 Corinthians 12:18 -- 18 But now God has set the members, each one of them, in the body just as He pleased.
II. Stewardship of Resources (16-23)
• Once we recognize that we have all been given differing resources the question is what does God expect us to do with them?
o The business answer is: to get a return on His investment.
o In other words using what God has entrusted us with (gifts, talent, time, money) to build His Kingdom one soul at a time.
• That may seem like a daunting task but the good news is that it’s God’s work and not ours.
1 Corinthians 3:6-9 -- 6 I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the increase. 7 So then neither he who plants is anything, nor he who waters, but God who gives the increase. 8 Now he who plants and he who waters are one, and each one will receive his own reward according to his own labor. 9 For we are God’s fellow workers; you are God’s field, you are God’s building.
• It all belongs to Him both the resources and the labor.
• Paul said that each will receive his own reward according to his own labor, so what is the reward?
o We know that we are promised a crown of righteousness, but I believe there is even a greater reward.
o Hearing those words “well done good and faithful servant.”
III. Neglect of the Resources (24-30)
• This servant recognizes the kind of man his master is, but he failed to do anything with that knowledge.