by Steve Wagers

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Honoring the Lord with our MINISTRY (3 of 3)
Series: Honoring the Lord in 2006
Steve N. Wagers
Matthew 25:14-30
January 22, 2006

Sermon Outline
1. The Responsibility that Each Man Found!
A) The Master that Delegated These Gifts!
B) The Measure that Determined These Gifts!
2. The Accountability that Each Man Faced!
A) The Savvy of a Faithful Servant!
B) The Skill of a Useful Servant!
C) The Shame of a Disgraceful Servant!
1) His Perception of the Master
2) His Performance for the Master
3) His Punishment by the Master

There is an old story about a man by the name of Ali Facid. He had a small farm and a family. One day, a Buddhist priest came by and said to Ali Facid, "You know, there are valuable stones called diamonds, and if you get one of these stones, you could be a wealthy man." Ali Facid went to bed that night, but the words of the priest haunted him. He was so obsessed with finding one of those diamonds that he sold his farm, put his family out to neighbors and went out to find his acres of diamonds. Months passed. He was broken in body and spirit. His funds were gone. Finally, at the Bay of Barcelona, he threw himself into the water, never to walk the earth again.

Meanwhile, the man who bought the farm of Ali Facid bent over one day and picked up a little stone. He laid it on his mantle not knowing what it was. A few days later, the old Buddhist priest came by, saw the stone, and exclaimed, "Ali Facid must be back from his search?" "No," came the response. The priest asked, "Then where did that diamond come from?" The farmer replied, "I was out plowing in the garden and found it there."

As a result, from that very garden came the jewels and diamonds that today adorn the crown of the heads of Europe and Russia. In Ali Facid's own back yard there were acres of diamonds, and he knew it not.

As Christians God has placed, in our gardens, spiritual abilities, gifts and talents of which we are often unaware. We have ...

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