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The Life God Blesses (4 of 6)
Series RISE: Seize the Moment, Shatter the Darkness
Matthew 25:14-18; 29
''For it is just like a man who was about to take a journey, and he called his servants together and entrusted them with his possessions. To one he gave five talents, to another, two, and to another, one, each according to his own ability; and then he went on his journey. The one who had received the five talents went at once and traded with them, and he [made a profit and] gained five more. Likewise the one who had two [made a profit and] gained two more. But the one who had received the one went and dug a hole in the ground and hid his master's money. … For to everyone who has [and values his blessings and gifts from God, and has used them wisely], more will be given, and [he will be richly supplied so that] he will have an abundance; but from the one who does not have [because he has ignored or disregarded his blessings and gifts from God], even what he does have will be taken away.'' Matthew 25:14-18; 29 (Ampl)
1. THE STEWARDSHIP OF BLESSING
''Again, it will be like a man going on a journey, who called his servants and entrusted his property to them.'' Vs. 14 (NIV)
- Everything I have belongs to God.
''And to one he gave five talents, to another, two, and to another, one, each according to his own ability; and he went on his journey.'' Vs. 15 (NASB)
- God invests His blessings in my life.
2. THE ACCOUNTABILITY OF BLESSING
''After a long time the master of those servants returned and settled accounts with them.'' Vs. 19 (NIV)
- God expects a return on His investment.
One day God will ask: What did you do with what you were given?
''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.''' Vs. 2 ...
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