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Summary: This message was written for our annual church ministry fair with a focus on using the gifts that God has given to us.

The Importance of Spiritual Gifts

Matthew 25:14-30

Ministry Fair Devotional

August 15, 2004

Gift Illustration

Christ has given you a great gift (14-15)

14 "Again, it will be like a man going on a journey, who called his servants and entrusted his property to them. 15 To one he gave five talents of money, to another two talents, and to another one talent, each according to his ability. Then he went on his journey.

The reality is that Christ has given you the greatest gift you could ever hope to receive, redemption through His shed blood on the cross. By His blood He paid your debt for sin and He has set you free from the power of sin and death. This is far more than you could ever hope for in your life.

Even more incredible is the fact that Jesus has given you even more through the power of the Holy Spirit. I believe that the moment that you came to Christ, He not only saved you with His blood, He gave you a spiritual gift. These gifts are literally an additional spiritual investment in your life.

Basic Facts

Each servant was given a specific set of talents.

A talent was a measure of weight not a measure of money. A talent differed in value depending on the material it was made of. Think about what Christ has given to you like the giving of the talents to the servants.

Each servant was entrusted with something.

As every Christian has been given a gift, each of these servants were been given a talent. Jesus has made an additional investment in your life and that investment is a trust. Are you keeping your end of the bargain?

Each servant was given a share of the master’s business.

Jesus wants you to take part in the business of the Kingdom and has entrusted you with a share of that work. What are you doing with what He has given to you?

Christ wants you to put your gift to use (16-23)

There is a responsibility

16 The man who had received the five talents went at once and put his money to work and gained five more. 17 So also, the one with the two talents gained two more.

Jesus has invested in your life and wants to see a return on His investment.

Take just a moment to notice some of the qualities of the first two servants

1. Faithful: The servants were faithful with the things that they were entrusted with

2. Focused: The servants were intentional on putting the talents to work for the benefit of the master

3. Fruitful: The servants were fruitful with what they had been given and made significant gains for the work of the master

There is an irresponsibility

18 But the man who had received the one talent went off, dug a hole in the ground and hid his master’s money.

The third servant takes a different attitude and a different approach to what he had been given and the results were poor

1. Selfish: Instead of working hard for the master the third servant was lazy and did nothing with what the master had given to him.

2. Sinful: The third servant was being sinful in his selfishness

3. Squandering: The third servant was wasting the opportunity that the master had given to him

There is a reward

19 "After a long time the master of those servants returned and settled accounts with them. 20 The man who had received the five talents brought the other five. `Master,’ he said, `you entrusted me with five talents. See, I have gained five more.’ 21 "His master replied, `Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!’ 22 "The man with the two talents also came. `Master,’ he said, `you entrusted me with two talents; see, I have gained two more.’ 23 "His master replied, `Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!’

The recognition of the Master

Look again at verses 21 and 23 and notice what the master says to the two servants. The master recognizes their hard work and their efforts. He says “well done” and it is a high praise from a master to a servant. This was more than just an expression of recognition but it was the highest praise a servant could receive from the master. If you want to hear the words well done from the master, you must first well do for the master.

The Reward of the Master

The master gives a promotion to the faithful servants because of what they had accomplished for Him. Each of these servants was given additional responsibility because of their effectiveness. I will put you in charge of many things.

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