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Invest Myself

Series, “Being Spiritual without being Religious” – Part 5

Pastor Jeff Christopherson

October 17, 2004

Start with Authenticity…

Preserve my Personality…

Investigate the Ground Zero of Faith …

Recognize my Net Worth …

Invest Myself...

Experience a faith that trusts God’s confidence in me.

Luke 19:12-26

I. the historical meaning of Jesus’ parable…

4 BC Herod ‘the Great’s’ 6 wills and 3 sons >Archelaus

>Antipas

>Phillip

II. the spiritual meaning of Jesus’ parable…

1. Jesus is going to return as King.

“While they were listening to this, he went on to tell them a parable, because he was near Jerusalem and the people thought that the kingdom of God was going to appear at once. He said: “A man of noble birth went to a distant country to have himself appointed king and then to return” Luke 19:11-12

2.In the mean time, He has invested in me His valuable gifts.

“So he called ten of his servants and gave them ten minas. ‘Put this money to work,’ he said, ‘until I come back.’” Luke 19:13

three gifts we all have been given in equal amounts…

a)time

b)truth

c)opportunities to serve God.

3.I am personally accountable for how I invest myself.

Revelation 20 What did I do with Jesus?

2 Corinthians 5:10 What did I do with my life?

“For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may receive what is due him for the things done while in the body, whether good or bad.”

III. the personal meaning of Jesus’ parable…

1.If I reject Jesus’ authority, I cannot be accepted.

In Jesus’ parable there are 2 kinds of people: Servants and Subjects.

‘Subjects’ hated the King and rejected his authority. (Luke 19:14, 27)

‘Servants’ accepted the Kings claim to the throne.

2.If I neglect God’s investment in me, I’ll risk losing it.

“I was afraid of you, because you are a hard man. You take out what you did not put in and reap what you did not sow.’ Luke 19:21

“The fire will test the quality of each man’s work. If what he has built survives, he will receive his reward. If it is burned up, he will suffer loss; he himself will be saved, but only as one escaping through the flames.” 1 Corinthians 3:13-15

“...as for the one who has [lit. ‘does’] nothing, even what he has will be taken away.” Luke 19:26b

3.If I invest myself, I’ll receive even more.

“Then he said to those standing by, ‘Take his mina away from him and give it to the one who has ten minas.’ “‘Sir,’ they said, ‘he already has ten!’ “He replied, ‘I tell you that to everyone who has, more will be given…” Luke 19:24-26a

Being a Spiritual Entrepreneur…

time…

truth…

opportunities…

“Give away your life; you’ll find life given back, but not merely given back—given back with bonus and blessing. Giving, not getting, is the way. Generosity begets generosity.” Luke 6:38 (Message)

Concluding Question:

10 servants were given a gift. 3 reported in. What about the other 7 servants?

Scripture passages from the New International Version unless otherwise noted.

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