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Resource Management - Making the Most of What You've Been Given (1 of 8)
Series: Resource Management
Last week I shared with you that I believe we are on the cusp of God doing something very special in our midst.
This morning is an overview of the series, "Resource Management"; laying the groundwork for understanding what it means to "manage" or to "steward" your resources.
Typically when people hear the word "stewardship" they instantly think of "money".
But "stewardship" is more than about money. It's about obediently managing everything you have been given to the glory of God and to the extension of His kingdom here on earth.
Perhaps this video can help add a little more clarity to it.
So, for the next few weeks we are going to be looking at how we are to manage specific areas in our lives.
This parable at which we are going to look this morning is about resource management.
A parable is an earthly story about a heavenly truth.
Jesus often used parables to communicate truths about the kingdom of heaven, to clear up any misunderstanding about the kingdom of heaven being a political, earthly kingdom.
When Jesus says, "It" in verse 14, "it" is referring to the kingdom of heaven. Because in verse one of the same chapter he is sharing a parable about the kingdom of heaven.
These servants are simply managing the owner's estate while he goes on a trip.
So, it's an issue of stewardship.
They are managing his estate.
In the management process he hands out "talents."
Now, this is not the word "talent" as we know it; such as the gift to sing, play the piano, or juggle.
The word "talent" means "weight." And a talent was the largest monetary unit, worth about 15-20 year's wages for a laborer.
Commentators and theologians differ as to what these actually are.
• Some say spiritual gifts
• Some sa ...
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