by David Cook

Kingdom Parables
David Cook
Matthew 25:14-30

Investing Your Life in the King's Service

Elvis Presley is known as the "King of Rock-n-Roll." Perhaps there's been no greater music entertainer in the past 100 years that has used his talents to shake up the crowd, like Elvis. Thinking over the latter years of Elvis' life and his drug overdose, do you think he would do things differently if given another chance? Do you think he would have invested in a different way?

Our Heavenly King has given each of us the awesome opportunity to invest our lives, using the gifts and talents He's invested in us to minister. The best investment of your life is investing back into the King's service! We will give an account one day of our faithfulness or unfaithfulness… The King of Kings will say, "Well done!" or "Wicked, worthless, wasted." Which will it be for you?

- Distant Journey (14) - The Lord Jesus Christ is in heaven right now, yet He has gifted every single child of His with various gifts (Eph. 4:8). He gives each of us ample time to make use of those gifts and we simply must be obedient to His call upon our lives. This is no time to be goofing off, wasting time, doing our own thing, rather we should be saying, "Lord, how have you gifted me?"
- Delegating Talents (15) - God is the One who gives the talents to His people. To one servant, He gave five. To another, He gave two. To yet another, He gave one. We must always remember God is the One who has given us what we have. 1 Corinthians 6:19-20, "…not your own, bought with a price, glorify God!" Our ultimate accountability is to the Lord.
- Differing Talents (15) - Not everyone has the same talent, and that is completely fine. The call is not for us to get jealous about the one who has more talent, rather to be faithful with what God has invested into our own lives! For example, I look at Billy Graham, Dr. James Dobson, Dr. James Merritt, or Dr. Charles Stanley and say, "I will never be as talented a ...

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