The Task Of A Servant (2 of 4) by Jeff Strite

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The Task Of A Servant (2 of 4)
Series: Servants of Christ
Jeff Strite
Matthew 25:14-30

OPEN: Does anybody know what is the highest mountain on earth is? (Mt. Everest)
This mountain is located in the Himalayas on the borders of Nepal and China.
And because it is the highest mountain on earth, it is a popular destination for mountain climbers. But you need to have a lot of money to do this particular climb. It presently costs climbers about $20,000 to make it to the top of Mt. Everest.
Mt. Everest is a popular destination for mountain climbers, but that doesn't mean it's a safe place to be. This isn't a tourist attraction like an amusement park. This mountain is an extremely dangerous place to climb. It's said that the bodies of over 200 people are still up on the mountain. Climbers who've died on the slopes of Mt. Everest.

One climber noted:
"There are times when you literally have to step over somebody's body to get to the top,"

One of the most tragic deaths occurred about six years ago (in May of 2006). A 34 year old Englishman named David Sharp managed a solo climb to top of Everest and was making his way back down when he began to suffer from hypothermia. He sat down and eventually he died. But as he lay dying - 800 ft one of the Camps on the mountain -he was passed by 40 other climbers who were headed for the summit. And not one of those climbers made an attempt at a rescue.

APPLY: Now, why did these 40 climbers leave Sharp to die?
Well, because they were on their way to top of the highest mountain in the world.
And they'd spent 1000s of dollars the privilege.
If they turned back now… they might never make the summit.
So, they just walked past the body… of a man they figured would die anyway

I want you to hold that thought in your mind for a couple of minutes. We'll come back to this story at the end of the sermon. But for right now, let's take a look at our text for this morning.

Here in Matthew 25 - Jesus is telling us that th ...


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