by Brad Whitt

Uncovering Hidden Talents
Brad Whitt
Matthew 25:14-30

INTRO: I want you to take God's Word now this morning and I want you to be finding your place at Matthew chapter 25 if you will. We are in a simple series of sermons on stewardship that we have entitled, "And One To Grow On: A New Your For A New Year." And if you were here last week you'll remember that I shared with you that during the month of January we are going to be looking at four areas of our lives that we need to be faithful in if we are going to be good stewards of the abundance and abilities that the Lord has blessed us with.

Now, if you'll remember, we talked last week about how to manage our time. We're going to be talking next week about how to maintain our temple. We're going to be talking two weeks from today about how to meet our tithe. But this morning, I want to talk to you about how to minister through our talents.

ILLUS: Fred Astaire was without a doubt one of the top singers, dancers and actors of all time. In movies like Top Hat, Swing Time, Holiday In, and other famous movies, he danced and sang his way into people's hearts all across this world.

But what you may not know is that in 1952 when Astaire was just starting out, a Hollywood talent judge wrote these words on his screen test: "Can't act. Can't sing. Can dance a little."

Now, that has got to be one of the must understated, uninformed and really unintelligent statements that you'll ever read. I mean here is a talent judge saying that Fred Astaire can't act. He can't sing. And he can only dance a little. It makes you wonder if that fellow had enough since to come in out of the rain, because Fred Astaire was definitely one of the greatest actors of what we today refer to as the "Golden Age" of the silver screen. He had real talent.

There are those of you here this morning, and just like that talent judge underestimated the talent of Fred Astaire, you have underestimated and perhaps overlooked ...

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