The Messiah’s Glorious Return, 3

What does it mean to make every moment count? We hear this cliche used frequently in the world of advertisement, sports, politics or in motivational speeches. The purpose for which this phrase is used is often meant to invoke some form of motivation that ultimately results in self-fulfillment. Its common day vernacular encourages a behavior that focuses on one’s potential or realized gain, opportunities, or experience. But how must a Christian live in light of this compelling phrase? For we know that this imperative carries with it an obligation that must be acted upon if understood biblically. Jesus actually speaks to this very matter in the “Parable of the Talents” (Matt. 25). One of the three slaves in the parable is regarded as “wicked and lazy” (25:26) for failing to invest the talent given him by his master. Obviously, Jesus isn’t giving a lecture on how to manage financial risk, but rather how we must steward the gifts and abilities God has entrusted to us as we anticipate the return of Christ. Failure to use what God has given wisely and effectively stems not only from misplaced priorities, but from a faulty view of God that has been conditioned by a prideful heart. If you are anything like me, it’s easy to grow dissatisfied or even resentful over the small amount of talents you’ve been given in comparison to someone else. I am regularly tempted to envy brighter intellects, eloquent speakers, or those who may read faster or write better. Self-pity or discouragement can often manifest itself. And in the end, our love for God and others quickly fades from view. Instead of faithfully using the talent the slave had been given, he buried it and went about making every moment count in terms of how it suited him rather than his master. When confronted, his only excuse was based on a fearful misconception that his master was a hard and unjust man (25:24). The fact of the matter is, our Master is more gracious, loving and benevolent than we can ever fathom. Regardless the amount, God will always commend obedience and reward His faithful servants with Kingdom blessings. May we be found faithful as we invest the talents we’ve been given for the glory of the Master and the joy that is to come. – Pastor Nate

Sunday at Liberty

9AM: Pastor Rory–Ethics and Voting, part 3

10AM: Pastor Rory–Matthew 25:14-30The Messiah’s Glorious Return, 3 (sermon notes)

6PM: Metro Women’s Center Virtual Gala

  

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