A Reckoning In Stewardship
I. THE TRAVELING MAN GOES TO A FAR COUNTRY (v. 14).
+ When Jesus was with the disciples He told them that He would go away, and a Comforter would come (John 14:15-26; 16:5-16).
+ The goods which our Lord left us was the work of the ministry, the preaching of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the only true change effect in the world.
II. RESPONSIBILITIES ARE DISTRIBUTED TO HIS SERVANTS AS HE SEES FIT (v. 15; 1 Corinthians 12:11; Ephesians 4:8).
+ As Christians we have not only been given spiritual gifts, but we have also been entrusted with much material goods in this world as well.
+ Just as we are STEWARDS of the spiritual gifts given us by God; as He has seen fit; so too, have we had distributed to our care material things to use as God would lead us.
+ Paul the apostle writes in 1 Corinthians 12:11, “But all these worketh that one and the selfsame Spirit, dividing to every man severally as he will.” 1 Corinthians 12:11 (KJV)
III. THE STEWARDSHIP OF THE RESPONSIBILITIES (vv. 16-18)
+ One question that came to my mind in looking at this story is, “How well am I handling the goods which my Lord has left me?”
+ The first servant was given “five talents” and went and did business with the same.
+ This first servant doubled his talents.
IV. THE TRAVELLING MAN RETURNS AND RECKONS WITH THE SERVANTS AND THEIR RESPONSIBILITIES (vv. 19-28).
+ Everyone is a STEWARD of what they have.
+ It has been given by God to all human beings to be STEWARDS of this planet and creation.
+ Though mankind is basically in rebellion against God we are all still STEWARDS of all created things.
+ We are not doing real well, mostly due to the sin condition in the hearts of all humanity.
V. THE JUDGMENT OF THE UNPROFITABLE SERVANT (vv. 28-30).
+ Some may like to think that there is no eternal punishment.
+ Could someone say, “Well this only proves that we can never really know if we are saved,” or someone else might say, “Doesn’t this prove that we could lose our salvation?”
+ Open rebellion against God is rejecting the only means of salvation He has offered to us; and that is the cross of Christ, His burial, and His resurrection.
1. Do not rebell against Him.
-Tim A. Blankenship
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