A Life of Stewardship- The Test (10/21/2018)

A Life of Stewardship- The Test (10/21/2018)

November 2, 2018

Stewardship is always followed by a TEST!

Opening Scripture:

Matthew 25:14-30 – the Parable of the 3 Servants or The Parable of the Talents

  • Talent here is a measure of weight in silver (1 talent= $1000)
  • Parable is not about salvation but our earthly calling, our assignment in this season of life.

1st TEST: Different Capacities-Same Opportunity

And to one he gave five talents ($5000), to another two ($2000), and to another one ($1000), TO EACH ACCORDING TO HIS OWN ABILITY (CAPACITY); and immediately he went on a journey. (Vv 15)

Test 1: Do you believe God has given you the same opportunity to succeed whether you have $1000, $2000 or $5000?

  • Ability : Capacity to handle an assignment
  • Talents: Resources that belong to God given to us to complete the assignment
  • We all have different capacity and the resources are dependent upon that capacity
  • What’s equal with everyone else is:  THE OPPORTUNITY TO SUCCEED

2nd Test: Faithfulness

Then he who had received the five talents ($5000) WENT AND TRADED WITH THEM, and made another five talents. And likewise he who had received two ($2000) (WENT RIGHT TO WORK) gained two more also. But he who had received one ($1000) went and dug in the ground, and hid his lord’s money (HE HID THE MONEY FOR SAFEKEEPING) (vv 16-18)

Test 2: How faithful are you with what you’ve been given?

  • The AMOUNTS were DIFFERENT, but the EXPECTATION to multiply was exactly the SAME
  • “Do business (Occupy) until I come” (Luke 19:13)

3rd TEST: Perception of God

“Then he who had received the one talent came and said, ‘LORD, I KNEW YOU TO BE A HARD MAN, reaping where you have not sown, and gathering where you have not scattered seed. And I WAS AFRAID, and went and HID YOUR TALENT in the ground. Look, THERE YOU HAVE WHAT IS YOURS.’ (vv24-25)

Test: How do you see God: A loving Father or Hard Master

  • The Moral of the Parable: Our Stewardship of what God has given to us: Time, talents, family, children, career, finances, health, etc will always be tested. Without HEART we cannot pass the TEST of Stewardship


What is the Holy Spirit saying to you through this message?

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