Summary: Victory in this life and eternity to come is contingent on our service.

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“Service That Equals Victory”

Malachi 2:2 Matthew 25:14-30

-Last week we looked at the disobedient side of the choices in life and the result of our halfhearted worship and non-chalante attitude toward the things of God.

-Please note; these are not God’s desire for your life! He desires to give you the blessing and treasure that equal posture that eclipses, prosperity that is endless, and a pace that is eternal.

-I chose to title this message using the word victory instead of blessing. We get lost at times seeking the “blessings” of God then find that we make them idols.

-It is not another blessing this morning that we seek, but I hope through this message you will find victory in your life.

-Victory over using these blessings of God for our own pleasure instead of His

-Victory over a life spent in unfaithfulness to God. Please realize this is no life at all.

-There is something told to us by Jesus’ words in Matt 25:14-30.

I. Posture that eclipses

A. Unfaithfulness causes a strained relationship with the Master.

1. If we were to ask for a show of hands just about every one of us would admit to, at some time in our life, having a strained relationship with God.

2. For many it is now, for others you may have no relationship at all with Him, and yet for a few you might be able to say I am where I need to be with Him.

3. You will notice right off if you have a red letter edition of the word that these are Jesus’ words. Remember every word He said is relevant.

4. Look at the response of the one foolish servant. (vs24)

5. Immediately he began to make excuses.

6. Immediately he began to place blame.

7. Immediately he gave reason for his negligence to the work of his Master.

8. I have to wonder how many of us are loaded with excuses as to why we are not faithful to the work of our Master.

9. Some of you may have been called to vocational ministry and continue to be unfaithful with that calling, some have been called to witness and share your testimony and have been unfaithful, and yet some have been called to serve whether in church or missions and unfaithfulness reigns in your calling.

10. Therefore the strain fills your relationship with Christ and excuses and negligence flood your intensions.

11. We are too busy, it’s too hard, no way I can do it, I am afraid I will fail. The longer He tarries coming to get us the longer our list of excuses read.

12. There is no justification for our negligence when it comes to being faithful to our God.

B. Faithfulness creates boldness before our Master.

1. There was anticipation on the half of the servant to show the Master what he had done with the talents given to him.

2. They came to Him with boldness.

3. They allowed their faith to be the access that they had before Him.

4. Paul had this faith as we read in Ephesians 3:8-12 (NKJV)

8 To me, who am less than the least of all the saints, this grace was given, that I should preach among the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ,

9 and to make all see what is the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the ages has been hidden in God who created all things through Jesus Christ;

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