July 29, 2018
Pastor Ben Marshall
There was a master, a boss, who went on a journey and entrusted a certain amount of money, or talents, to three different servants (a talent was worth about twenty years’ wages for a day laborer). Remember, this is a parable. The master was Jesus, and the journey the master went on was the time between when Jesus walked on the earth and when He will return to the earth. The master knew the three servants well, and they were seen as professing believers in Jesus Christ.
The passage says, at the end of verse 15, to each according to his ability. The master knew his servants and gave to each one of them according to their ability to handle the talent or talents he had given them. In the same way, God knows you better than you know yourself. He has entrusted you with the proper measure of responsibility according to your ability. The point of this parable is not the amount of talents each servant has (but isn’t that so often what we focus on? That comparison game is deadly, paralyzing, and sinful). The point is this: “What are you doing with the responsibility you’ve been given?” We’ve been given gifts and abilities. We have passion points and things we get geeked up about. How are we using those things deeply wired into us for the glory of God?
The point of the message today is this: God gifted you to glorify Himself. When He returns, be found being faithful stewards of what He has gifted you with.
What talents has God blessed you with? What are you most passionate about? Use that for the glory of God.
How are you using the talents with which God has blessed you? How should/could you use them for the glory of God and the spread of the Gospel of Jesus Christ?
For whom are you using your talents? Whose Kingdom are you trying to build? (Colossians 3:17, 23-24).
If Christ were to return one minute from now, would He find that you have been faithful with the treasure, time, testimony, troubles, and talents with which He has blessed you? If yes, keep it up! Don’t grow weary in doing good! If no, not sure, maybe—step up! Realize you will give a reckoning for the way you have lived out your faith. You will give an account for your faithfulness or faithlessness to the gifts God has given you.
Take a risk. Use your talent. Do what God has given you a passion for. The first two servants we read about didn’t just use part of what they had been given—they were all in! They fully used all God had blessed them with and didn’t hold back. That’s risky!
I believe when God gives us a passion (that lines up with Scripture and furthers the Kingdom of God), He is sharing a piece of His heart, what He cares about, with us and empowering us to be His hands and feet and mouthpiece here on earth through the power of the Holy Spirit. Where has the Father broken your heart for what breaks His? Get after it and use your talents for His glory. Remember, God gifted you to glorify Himself. Be found being faithful stewards of God’s blessings.
 “God knows intimately the abilities, gifts, opportunities, and circumstances of every person, and He graciously assigns responsibilities accordingly.” (John MacArthur, The MacArthur New Testament Commentary: Matthew 24-28, (Chicago: Moody Press, 1989), 100).