Summary: The Parable of the Talents gives us five amazing principles about being a steward.
“The Stories that Jesus Told”
Sermon # 4
“We are to be Stewards of our Resources”
The Parable of the Talents
This morning we are in a series on the parables entitled “The Stories That Jesus Told.” If I were to ask you, “What is the most well known parable?” You would probably answer, The Good Samaritan. If I were to ask you, “What parable most displays the love of the Father?” you would probably say, The Story of the Prodigal Son. If I were to ask you “What is the most terrifying of the parables?” You would probably say, The Parable of the Rich Man and Lazarus, which we examined last week. But if were to ask, “What parable has the most to say about how we live our lives each day?” We would have to say it is the parable that we are going to examine today called “The Parable of the Talents.”
Because for the next few weeks we will be looking at stewardship related issues I feel that I should say, “When you go to a doctor for your annual check-up, he or she will often begin to poke, prod, and press various places, all the while asking, “Does this hurt? How about this?” If you cry out in pain, one of two things has happened. Either the doctor has pushed too hard, without the right sensitivity. Or, more likely, there’s something wrong, and the doctor will say, “We’d better do some more tests. It’s not supposed to hurt there!” So it is when pastors preach on financial responsibility, and certain members cry out in discomfort, criticizing the message and the messenger. Either the pastor has pushed too hard. Or perhaps there’s some-thing wrong. In that case, I say, “My friend, we’re in need of the Great Physician because it’s not supposed to hurt there.” [Ben Rogers - www.bible.org/illus/stewardship]
With that said, let’s turn our attention to the parable found in Matthew 25 (quickview)  beginning in verse fourteen. Let me speed things along by giving you a synopsis of the story before we look at it in detail. In this parable a man was going on a journey so he called his servants and divided amoung a large sum of money called talents. He gave five talents to one servant, two talents to another and one talent to yet another servant. Having distributed the talents, the master went on his journey with the expectation that his servants would be faithful while he was gone. When the master eventually returned, he called his servants to give an account of their stewardship. Two of the servants were found faithful returning double the amount that they had been given. The faithful servants were recognized and rewarded. The third servant however, had done nothing with what had been entrusted to him.
This story is addressed to us. As Christians we are waiting for the return of Jesus Christ to this earth. We are like these servants who are awaiting the return of their master and this story has some lessons for us about what we are to be doing in the meantime.
Today we are going to discover five amazing principles about being a steward. [Some principles drawn from Brian Bill. “Using What God Has Given” Matt 25:14-20 (quickview)  www.sermoncentral.com]