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USE YOUR TALENT (Captioned)

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LET US RISE FOR THE READING OF THIS MORNING'S SERMON TEXT RECORDED FOR US IN MATTHEW'S GOSPEL WHERE WE READ FROM CHAPTER 25, BEGINNING WITH VERSE 14: "AGAIN, IT WILL BE LIKE A MAN GOING ON A JOURNEY, WHO CALLED HIS SERVANTS AND ENTRUSTED HIS WEALTH TO THEM. TO ONE HE GAVE FIVE BAGS OF GOLD, TO ANOTHER TWO BAGS, AND TO ANOTHER ONE BAG, EACH ACCORDING TO HIS ABILITY. THEN HE WENT ON HIS JOURNEY. THE MAN WHO HAD RECEIVED FIVE BAGS OF GOLD WENT AT ONCE AND PUT HIS MONEY TO WORK AND GAINED FIVE BAGS MORE. SO ALSO, THE ONE WITH TWO BAGS OF GOLD GAINED TWO MORE. BUT THE MAN WHO HAD RECEIVED ONE BAG WENT OFF, DUG A HOLE IN THE GROUND AND HID HIS MASTER'S MONEY. AFTER A LONG TIME THE MASTER OF THOSE SERVANTS RETURNED AND SETTLED ACCOUNTS WITH THEM. THE MAN WHO HAD RECEIVED FIVE BAGS OF GOLD BROUGHT THE OTHER FIVE. 'MASTER,' HE SAID, 'YOU ENTRUSTED ME WITH FIVE BAGS OF GOLD. SEE, I HAVE GAINED FIVE MORE.' HIS MASTER REPLIED, 'WELL DONE, GOOD AND FAITHFUL SERVANT! YOU HAVE BEEN FAITHFUL WITH A FEW THINGS; I WILL PUT YOU IN CHARGE OF MANY THINGS. COME AND SHARE YOUR MASTER'S HAPPINESS!" THE MAN WITH TWO BAGS OF GOLD ALSO CAME. 'MASTER,' HE SAID, 'YOU ENTRUSTED ME WITH TWO BAGS OF GOLD; SEE, I HAVE GAINED TWO MORE.' HIS MASTER REPLIED, 'WELL DONE, GOOD AND FAITHFUL SERVANT! YOU HAVE BEEN FAITHFUL WITH A FEW THINGS; I WILL PUT YOU IN CHARGE OF MANY THINGS. COME AND SHARE YOUR MASTER'S HAPPINESS' THEN THE MAN WHO HAD RECEIVED ONE BAG OF GOLD CAME. 'MASTER,' HE SAID, 'I KNEW THAT YOU ARE A HARD MAN, HARVESTING WHERE YOU HAVE NOT SOWN AND GATHERING WHERE YOU HAVE NOT SCATTERED SEED. SO I WAS AFRAID AND WENT OUT AND HID YOUR GOLD IN THE GROUND. SEE, HERE IS WHAT BELONGS TO YOU.' HIS MASTER REPLIED, 'YOU WICKED, LAZY SERVANT! SO YOU KNEW THAT I HARVEST WHERE I HAVE NOT SOWN AND GATHER WHERE I HAVE NOT SCATTERED SEED? WELL THEN, YOU SHOULD HAVE PUT MY MONEY ON DEPOSIT WITH THE BANKERS, SO THAT WHEN I RETURNED I WOULD HAVE RECEIVED IT BACK WITH INTEREST. SO TAKE THE BAG OF GOLD FROM HIM AND GIVE IT TO THE ONE WHO HAS TEN BAGS. FOR WHOEVER HAS WILL BE GIVEN MORE, AND THEY WILL HAVE AN ABUNDANCE. WHOEVER DOES NOT HAVE, EVEN WHAT THEY HAVE WILL BE TAKEN FROM THEM. AND THROW THAT WORTHLESS SERVANT OUTSIDE, INTO THE DARKNESS, WHERE THERE WILL BE WEEPING AND GNASHING OF TEETH.' " THIS IS THE WORD OF OUR LORD. LET US PRAY: GLORIOUS AND GRACIOUS GOD, MAY THE WORDS OF MY MOUTH AND THE MEDITATION OF EACH OF OUR HEARTS BE ACCEPTABLE IN YOUR SIGHT, OUR ONLY SOURCE OF HOPE AND COMFORT. AMEN. [TEXT TAKEN FROM THE HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011, BY BIBLICA, INC. ] DEAR FOLLOWERS OF OUR LORD AND SAVIOR, JESUS CHRIST: DON'T WE OFTEN FEEL LIKE GOD'S PEOPLE FELT IN OUR LESSON FROM MALACHI THIS MORNING? WHEN GOD'S PEOPLE OF THE OLD TESTAMENT LOOKED AROUND THEM THEY SAW MANY PEOPLE WHO COULD CARE LESS ABOUT GOD. WHO COULD CARE LESS ABOUT FOLLOWING HIS WILL. ABOUT DOING WHAT GOD WANTED AND EXPECTED OF HIS PEOPLE. AND AS THEY LOOKED AT THOSE PEOPLE, AND WATCHED THOSE PEOPLE AS THEY CONTINUED ON IN THEIR LIFE DOING WHATEVER THEY PLEASED, RAKING IN MONEY, CHEATING PEOPLE, STEALING FROM PEOPLE ... THEY CAME TO A REALIZATION THAT ... MAYBE FOLLOWING GOD WASN'T SUCH A GOOD IDEA. WAS IT REALLY WORTH ANYTHING TO KEEP THE COMMANDS OF GOD? WAS IT REALLY AND TRULY A BLESSING TO FOLLOW THOSE COMMANDS OF GOD? I MEAN HOW EASILY WE CAN FALL INTO THAT SAME FALSE WAY OF THINKING WHEN WE LOOK AT HOW THE WORLD AROUND US ACTS! IF YOU'RE RENTING, JUST STOP PAYING RENT! YOU KNOW UNDER THE LAW IT'S GONNA PROBABLY TAKE YOU AT LEAST SIX MONTHS TO GET THROWN OUT OF THAT APARTMENT. WHO CARES IF YOU'RE NOT GIVING THE LANDLORD WHAT IS DUE HIM? YOU CAN GET SIX MONTHS OF FREE RENT. VERY SIMPLE, VERY EASY, AND LEGAL! SO WHY SHOULD YOU PAY ATTENTION TO WHAT GOD HAS SAID IN HIS WORD? NOT TO STEAL. NOT TO LIE. NOT TO CHEAT. NOT TO DECEIVE. BECAUSE WE KNOW THAT AS THE CHILDREN OF GOD, THERE IS GOING TO BE A DAY OF JUDGMENT. THERE IS GOING TO BE A TIME WHEN OUR LIFE ENDS AND WE WILL STAND BEFORE THE ALMIGHTY JUDGE HIMSELF: THE GOD WHO CREATED US. THE GOD WHO MADE US. THE GOD WHO PLACED US INTO THIS WORLD. AND WE ARE GOING TO HAVE TO ANSWER FOR WHAT WE HAVE DONE ... IN THE PRESENCE OF ABSOLUTE HOLINESS. IN THE PRESENCE OF ABSOLUTE PERFECTION. WE WILL DO NOTHING BUT FALL ON OUR KNEES IN FEAR AND TERROR BECAUSE WE KNOW THAT WE ARE SINFUL HUMAN BEINGS. WE HAVE NOT DONE WHAT GOD HAS ASKED OF US. WE CAN'T KEEP HIS LAW. THERE ARE DAYS WE DON'T EVEN WANT TO KEEP HIS LAW! THERE ARE TIMES WHERE WE WILLFULLY SAY: I'M GOING TO BREAK THAT LAW AND I DON'T CARE ABOUT THE CONSEQUENCES. BUT THANKS BE TO GOD THAT HE HAS COME TO US AND REVEALED TO US OUR SAVIOR. COME TO US BY THE POWER OF THE HOLY SPIRIT IN THAT WORD OF GOD AND SAID: SEE HOW MUCH I LOVE YOU. SEE WHAT I HAVE DONE FOR YOU. SEE WHAT I HAVE SAVED YOU FROM CONDEMNATION; FROM AN ETERNITY IN HELL. SEE THAT I AM THE LORD YOUR GOD WHO BLESSES YOU ABUNDANTLY! AND I HAVE GIVEN YOU LIFE! AND WE KNOW THAT WHEN WE STAND BEFORE GOD ON THAT DAY OF JUDGMENT; IT WOULD BE THE DAY OF OUR DEATH, THE MOMENT OF OUR DEATH ON THAT LAST AND GREAT DAY WHEN THIS EARTH WILL FINALLY BE ENDED IN ITS PRESENT FORM. WE PLEAD THE BLOOD OF JESUS CHRIST. OUR FAITH AND TRUST IN HIS WORKS ASSURES US TIME AND TIME AGAIN THAT WE HAVE BEEN SAVED AND WE HAVE BEEN GIVEN LIFE. AND THAT ACT OF CHRIST MAKES US DIFFERENT IN THIS WORLD. NOT JUST WAITING FOR THAT TIME WHEN WE GET TO GO TO HEAVEN IN SOME KIND OF WINNER'S PRIZE AT THE END OF THE GAME OF LIFE. BUT IT MATTERS FOR US TODAY. THAT WE HEAR THIS PARABLE THAT JESUS TAUGHT AND KNOW THAT HE HAS BLESSED US. BLESSED US WITH GIFTS AND TALENTS AND ABILITIES THAT MAKE US UNIQUE AND SPECIAL. AND HE SAYS: USE YOUR TALENT. USE IT IN THIS WORLD. I HAVE LEFT IT WITH YOU; I WANT YOU TO USE IT AND I AM COMING BACK FOR YOU. TO SEE WHAT YOU HAVE DONE. WE KNOW THAT CHRIST IS GOING TO RETURN. WE HEAR THAT IN THE PAGES OF SCRIPTURE; WE FOCUS ON IT AT THIS TIME OF YEAR IN THE CHURCH YEAR ... THE END TIME. KNOWING THAT YOU AND I CANNOT PREDICT WHAT DAY ON WHICH CHRIST WILL RETURN. WE DON'T KNOW THE DAY, THE TIME, OR THE HOUR. BUT WE DO KNOW FROM SCRIPTURE THAT GOD SAYS IT WILL BE SOON. IT WILL ALSO COME UNEXPECTEDLY. BECAUSE AS HUMAN BEINGS, SINFUL HUMAN BEINGS, WE JUST GET STUCK IN OUR DAILY ROUTINE AND RUT AND DON'T THINK ABOUT IT. WE'RE NOT CONCERNED ABOUT IT. BUT WE'RE CONCERNED ABOUT OUR DEATH. BECAUSE WE MAKE SURE ABOUT OUR 401-K's AND OUR RETIREMENT PLANS AND OUR WILLS AND OUR CHILDREN MAKE SURE THAT IT'S NOT IN A WILL BECAUSE THEY WANT IT IN A TRUST SO THAT THEY DON'T HAVE TO WAIT ANY MORE TIME THAN THEY HAVE TO TO GET THEIR HANDS ON THEIR INHERITANCE. WE PLAN THESE THINGS. WE STUDY THEM. WE LOOK AT THEM. WE MAKE BUCKET LISTS. WE BUY THESE BOOKS ... ONE THOUSAND PLACES TO SEE BEFORE YOU DIE. AND WE GO THROUGH AND WE CHECK OFF THE ONES THAT WE'VE BEEN TO AND THE ONES THAT WE WANT TO GO IN THE FUTURE. WE PLAN. WE KNOW WE'RE IN TEMPORARY. BUT SOMEHOW, THE IMPORTANCE OF THAT DEATH TO US ESCAPES US. IT IS THE END OF OUR LIFE HERE IN THIS WORLD. AND THE BEGINNING OF OUR LIFE ETERNAL. THE JOYS AND THE BLESSINGS THAT AWAIT US ARE BEYOND OUR COMPREHENSION. BUT WE NEED THAT REMINDER WHILE WE'RE ON THIS SIDE OF THAT ETERNAL LIFE. TO SAY THAT CHRIST IS COMING BECAUSE OTHERWISE WE DON'T GET THE WORK DONE THAT WE'RE SUPPOSED TO DO. YOU KNOW, IF YOU THINK WHEN YOUR WIFE GOES OFF ON VACATION AND LEAVES YOU HOME FOR A WEEK? AND WHAT DO YOU DO ON DAY SIX GUYS? ALL THE DISHES THAT YOU'VE PILED UP FOR THE WEEK YOU CLEAN EVERYTHING UP. YOU STRAIGHTEN IT UP BECAUSE WHEN YOU COME BACK, YOU WANT IT LOOKING THE BEST THAT IT WAS. AND SOMETIMES WE DO THAT WITH OUR LIFE. WE GO THROUGH OUR LIFE MAKING A MESS, NOT TAKING CARE OF THE THINGS THAT WE WANT TO AND ALL OF A SUDDEN ONE DAY WE GET THIS LITTLE TIGHTNESS HERE. AND WE GO ... I GOTTA GET THINGS IN ORDER! BECAUSE I'M NOT GOING TO BE HERE THAT LONG. THE POINT OF THE MATTER IS WE NEED TO BE FOCUSED ON THAT DAY OF JUDGMENT, TO DO THE THINGS WE CAN WHILE WE'RE HERE. TO USE THOSE GIFTS. TO USE THOSE TALENTS THAT GOD HAS SAID MAKE US SPECIAL AND UNIQUE. TO USE IT TO PRODUCE FRUIT. THE MAN THAT JESUS SAID THE OWNER GAVE FIVE BAGS OF GOLD TO ... WHAT DID HE DO? HE WENT OUT RIGHT AWAY AND PUT IT TO USE. CAUSE HE WAS GOING TO EARN MORE. THE MAN WITH TWO BAGS ... DOES THE SAME THING. LOOKS AT THIS AS A JOY AND A PRIVILEGE TO SAY: I'M GONNA GO OUT AND DO THIS FOR MY MASTER. THAT THIRD MAN ... HIDES IT. BURIES IT UNDER THE GROUND. IT'S HIS. AND WHEN HE COMES BACK, I'M GONNA GIVE IT TO HIM. BECAUSE IT'S HIS. I'M NOT DOIN' ANYTHING WITH IT. WHAT AN EXCUSE! BUT EVEN WE, AS CHRISTIANS, USED TO GOD: I KNOW YOU'VE GIVEN ME THIS GIFT. BUT I'M TOO OLD TO USE IT NOW. SOMEBODY ELSE'S TURN. I'M JUST GONNA NOT USE IT BECAUSE I DON'T WANT TO. CAUSE IT MEANS THAT I HAVE TO DO SOMETHING. MEANS I HAVE TO BE ACTIVE. IT MEANS I HAVE TO PARTICIPATE IN THE CHURCH ... WITH OTHER PEOPLE. WE DON'T UNDERSTAND GOD'S LOVE WHEN WE THINK THAT WAY. THOSE FIRST TWO PEOPLE UNDERSTOOD THAT GOD HAD BLESSED THEM. AND THEY SAID: I'M GONNA TAKE THIS BLESSING AND USE IT TO MAKE MORE BLESSINGS. TO SHARE THOSE BLESSINGS. WE DON'T WANNA BE SELFISH. WE DON'T WANNA SAY: YEAH, I KNOW GOD HAS GIVEN ME THIS, BUT I'M JUST TIRED. AND I DON'T CARE. SOMEBODY ELSE WILL PICK UP THE SLACK. AND THEN WE AS A CHURCH, WE AS THE PEOPLE OF GOD, MISS OUT ON JOY. WE CAN HEAR THE JOY OF WORKING TOGETHER WITH THE BLESSINGS THAT GOD HAS GIVEN US. IN OUR EPISTLE LESSON FOR TODAY ... PAUL WROTE TO THE CHURCH IN THESSALONICA AND SAID: DON'T YOU KNOW HOW MUCH JOY WE HAVE BECAUSE OF YOU. BECAUSE OF YOUR FAITH. BECAUSE OF THE THINGS THAT YOU ARE DOING. BECAUSE YOU'RE STANDING FIRM IN THAT FAITH, WE HAVE JOY IN THE PRESENCE OF GOD OVER THIS. WE PRAY THAT GOD IS GONNA MAKE A WAY SO THAT WE CAN COME BACK AND SEE YOU AGAIN. THAT WE CAN GROW TOGETHER IN THE FAITH. EVEN MORE THAT GOD WILL SUPPLY WHAT IS LACKING SO THAT WE CAN CONTINUE TO WORK TOGETHER, USING THOSE INDIVIDUAL GIFTS THAT WE HAVE IN TALENTS TO LET PEOPLE KNOW ABOUT GOD. NOT JUST HERE IN THIS CHURCH, BUT IN OUR DAILY LIVES. HOW WONDERFUL IT IS TO JUST RUN INTO SOMEBODY IN THE STORE OR IN PUBLIC WHO IS ACTUALLY POLITE. AND NOT TRYING TO GET IN FRONT OF YOU IN LINE. TO SEE PEOPLE WHO GENUINELY SMILE. AND ARE HAPPY TO SEE YOU. INSTEAD OF ALWAYS FINDING SOMETHING TO COMPLAIN ABOUT AND SOMETHING TO NOT BE HAPPY ABOUT. AND THERE ARE PEOPLE HERE WHO HAVE THAT GIFT OF CONVERSATION. WHO HAVE THAT GIFT OF ENCOURAGEMENT. TO USE THAT GIFT OF ENCOURAGEMENT. BECAUSE PEOPLE IN THIS WORLD NEED TO KNOW THAT OTHERS LOVE THEM. THEY NEED TO KNOW THAT GOD LOVES THEM. AND HAS COME INTO THEIR LIVES. THEY NEED TO KNOW THE EXPERIENCE AS A CHILD OF GOD. HOW WONDERFUL IT IS FOR THOSE OF US WHO HAVE THAT GIFT AND THAT ABILITY TO TAKE THE CONVERSATION AND TURN IT TO THE BLESSINGS OF GOD. TO TURN IT TO HIS STRENGTH. THE TALENTS THAT ARE THERE. THE VERY TALENTS THAT ARE GATHERED IN THIS ROOM. THAT GOD HAS SAID: I HAVE BROUGHT YOU TOGETHER AS THE BODY OF CHRIST. THAT CHRIST IS THE HEAD DIRECTING US. TO DO HIS WILL AND TO DO HIS WORK. AND TO COUNT IT A BLESSING. NOT WORK. NOT A DRUDGE. NOT SOMETHING THAT JUST HAPPENS TO BE DONE SO WE CAN GET IT OVERWITH AND GET ON TO WHAT WE WANT TO DO. BUT TO HAVE THAT JOY OF BEING A CHILD OF GOD, AND ABLE TO TO SERVE HIM ... IN THE UNIQUE WAYS THAT HE HAS MADE US WITH A BAG OF GOLD THAT HE HAS GIVEN TO US. WITH THE TALENTS THAT HE HAS SHARED WITH US. TO KNOW THAT WE UNDERSTAND THAT HE'S COMING BACK. HE WANTS TO SEE US BUSY. HE WANTS TO SEE US USING OUR PENCILS. HE WANTS TO SEE US LIVING AS HIS CHILDREN SO THAT THEY HEED THAT ENCOURAGEMENT AND USE YOUR TALENT. AMEN. LET US RISE. NOW MAY THE PEACE OF GOD WHICH GOES BEYOND ALL OF OUR UNDERSTANDING KEEP YOUR HEARTS AND YOUR MINDS AND ESPECIALLY YOUR LIVES IN THE ONE TRUE FAITH UNTO LIFE EVERLASTING. AMEN.

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Duration: 16 minutes and 40 seconds
Country: United States
Language: English
Producer: R & M
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Posted by: hischild on Nov 3, 2014

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