How Are Your Investments? (5 of 6) by Jeff Lynn

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How Are Your Investments? (5 of 6)
Series: Get Busy Dying
Jeff Lynn
Matthew 25:14-30

TEXT: Matthew 25:14-19

INTRODUCTION

As Jesus moves closer to His death He is sharing some last things about the kingdom of heaven.
Last week, in chapter 23, we saw where He spoke strongly to the hypocrisy of the Pharisees in sharing the 7 "woes".
We collectively confessed that we all want to look more spiritual and godly than we really are.
But if we are going to die to ourselves then we have to die to appearances.
We were challenged to be real.

In chapter 24, Jesus begins sharing about the end times and about His second coming.

He told His disciples to look for the signs that would appear prior to His coming, but that no one knew the day or the hour of His return.

In the first part of chapter 25 He tells a parable about being ready for His return.

This second parable at which we are looking this morning has to do with what we do in the meantime.

Remember, a parable is an earthly story about a heavenly truth.

To make sure we understand where Jesus is headed with this parable, the man who leaves on a journey symbolizes Jesus' ascent into heaven that the disciples will experience in just a few weeks after this.

The servants to whom he entrusts his estate represent everyone on earth.

The parable is about stewarding, or managing, what the Lord has entrusted to each of us.

In this parable we are going to see the need to die to laziness or slothfulness.
And I don't mean just laying around all day not doing anything.
I mean not doing anything with what God has entrusted to you.
How do you die to slothfulness when it comes to the kingdom of heaven?

ACCEPT WHAT YOU'VE BEEN GIVEN

Look at verse 15:

"To one he gave five talents, to another two, to another one, to each according to his ability."
Matthew 25:15

Now, this is not the word "talent" as we know it; such as the gift to sing, play the piano, or play a sport.

The word "ta ...


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