Preaching, Teaching, and Notes

Use it or Lose it?
1Corinthians 4:2 “Moreover it is required in stewards, that a man be found faithful.”
Opening Prayer: Lord Jesus, we ask that You would give us what we should receive from this message. To Your glory, in Jesus Name Amen.

Matthew 25:14-30
Here is the parable of the man traveling into a far country. So he delivers to his servants his goods, to use while he was gone to gain with.
To begin this, it would seem that to stress the most important fact; we should deal with “ability”. “Each to his several ability”.

Matthew 25:15 “And unto one he gave five talents, to another, two; and to another, one. To every man according to his several ability; and straightway took his journey”

“Several ability”, the plain teaching of this Parable is that even the one talent person could have gained somewhat; in as much as each had a several ability. Which means there is more than one thing they could have done.

Matthew 25:29 “For unto every one that hath shall be given, and he shall have abundance: but from him that hath not shall be taken away even that which he hath.”

But from him that hath not shall be taken away even that which he hath? In other words, that which he had, but made no use of!!

Luke 19:12-14 “He said therefore, A certain nobleman went into a far country to receive for himself a kingdom, and to return. And he called his ten servants, and delivered them ten pounds, and said unto them, Occupy till I come. But his citizens hated him, and sent a message after him, saying, We will not have this man to reign over us.”
Here in this parable we see two groups: Servants, and citizens.
The servants who are entrusted with the part of the nobleman’s wealth to gain for him while he is gone.
And the citizens of the country are those of the world which hate him, outright.

When the nobleman returns (as Christ will one day, having been given His Kingdom here on earth [Revelation 11:15]). Then he calls for an account of his servants.

The Parable in Matthew 25 uses “talents”. Each receiving an amount to use.
But here in Luke, they each receive one pound and are told to “Occupy till I come”. This is a merchandise term , used in the day of Christ. It means to use it and gain with it. (The “pound”, which is the power of God in our lives by the Holy Spirit.)

Luke 19:16-17 “Then came the first, saying, Lord, thy pound hath gained ten pounds.
And he said unto him, Well done, thou good servant: because thou hast been faithful in a very little, have thou authority over ten cities.”

Faithfulness to God in what He has given you, much or little, is what He rewards.
Luke 19:18 “And the second came, saying, Lord, thy pound hath gained five pounds.”

And so He did gave the man who had been faithful; authority over five cities. He had not gained as much as the first servant, but had been faithful and gained; and so was rewarded.

Now to the one who hid his talent, for selfish fear. He feared what the Master would say if he did not do well. So he thought he would hide his talent, to protect himself. He would give back what he was given, and be done with it. The Nobleman couldn’t complain, he thought, because He had back, what He had given.
But that is not what the Nobleman wanted. He wanted His servants to use what He had given them, out of honor for Him.

Luke19:23 “Wherefore than gravest not thou my money into the bank, that at my coming I might have required mine own with usury?” (Interest)
He was responsible for his one talent, but he did nothing with it.
That one talent, he was given, was the gift of Eternal Life. He had been given faith, should he not improve on that, by growing in grace?

What about us, and our talent?

In order for the Lord to gain usury on us:
We should use the gift of Eternal Life by improving on it. As Peter said:
2 Peter 1:5-8 “Besides this, giving all diligence, add to your faith, virtue; and to virtue, knowledge;
And to knowledge, temperance; and to temperance, patience; and to patience, godliness;
And to godliness, brotherly kindness, and to brotherly kindness, charity.
For if these things be in you, and abound, they make you that you shall neither be barren or unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.”

We are to “add” by diligence to our faith. To show that we want that Eternal Life at work in us, and through us.
To place yourself as it were in His Bank, that He may receive interest on the talent that He gave us.
He may have you do something
He may have you do nothing
That would be up to Him, but you would be showing Him that you wanted to serve Him.

Again! Use it or lose it!
As Paul said:
1Corinthians 4:2 “Moreover it is required in stewards, that a man be found faithful.”

Those that are faithful in little, will be given much.
For this is the measure of Spiritual Things.

Luke 19:24-26 “And he said unto them that stood by, Take from him the pound, and give it to him that hath 10 pounds. (And they said unto him, Lord, he hath 10 pounds.). For I say unto you , That unto every one which hath shall be given; and from him that hath not, even that he hath shall be taken away from him.”

There it is , the Sovereign Creator says “That unto every one which hath shall be given”. They have used what He gave them, and gained, little or much.
We who are of the Elect, need to see God’s Purpose which was from the beginning

We were not put into this world to fulfill our own purpose, but HIs.

We were neither born, Or born again, to do our own thing.
But unto the good works, which GOD hath before ordained that we should walk in them.
Ephesians 2:8-10 “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: not of works, lest any man should boast.
For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.”

And “ordained” means that full provision for the works are made available to us. In other words, the Lord has given us our talents; how shall we use them?

He has committed to our trust the gift of Life, how shall we use it?

Everyone is responsible to God for the talents He has given me them. Everyone must yet give a full account to Him, for the pound entrusted to them.
But what sort of an accounting must the Stewards of the Grace of GOD give?
We , who have so much, and care so little?

1 Corinthians 3:10-13 “According to the grace of God which is given unto me, as a wise master builder, I have laid the foundation, and another build there on. But let every man take heed how he build there upon. Got other foundation can no man lay that that is laid, which is Jesus Christ. Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stone, wood, hay, stubble; Every man’s work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man’s work of what sort it is.”
“Of what sort it is”
And that depends upon how much we use for His honor.

I had a dream once:
I had died.
I was in Heaven waiting, to meet the LORD.
Waiting in a regular waiting area;
So glad to be there!!
Then in all my rejoicing; it was brought home to me , that my hands were empty.
I had nothing to give Him, Who gave everything for me.
And I wish I could explain the emptiness I felt;
Nothing for my Lord.
Then I was awakened, but I could feel the despair of that moment.
And for some time thereafter.

Sometimes, when we hear such things, we think we can just turn our ears off , and if we don’t hear it, we won’t have to account for it.
Like children, holding our hands over our ears, saying, “I can’t hear you!” So we think we can say the same to the Lord.

In spiritual work we look to the workman to tell the sort of work.
We can only do what we are.

If we are faithful to God, we will gain for Him. If we are unfaithful, we will lose our reward.
Again, use it, or lose it; which will we do?

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