Sermon in a nutshell: Matthew 25:14-30
We are still waiting for the coming of the Lord. Today is the third Sunday of Advent. While we are waiting for the Lord, (1) we have invited others to church and (2) we have read the Bible, prayed for ourselves and others, and practiced God’s love in practical ways. Waiting time has not been a passive quiet time! It has been an active working time!
Today’s Bible passage also confirms the fact that we have to work while we are waiting for the master. The master is on a journey. He is coming back! While the master is away we have to use our talents and bring the results to the master! One talent is worth for 20 years’ salary for an average worker at that time. In today’s wage, it is almost half million! It demonstrates us that everybody has some talents.
When God created us, God gave us many talents and expected us to use them both for us and for others. As long as we are doing something with our talents, God is with us and we will see the fruit of the mission and ministry. If we have used five, we will have five more. If we have used two, we will have two more. The more we use our talents for God, the more talents we will have.
This was the problem as far as the lazy servant was concerned. He figured it out! If he worked hard and got another talent, he would be given more talents! If he keeps working, he would have more work and fruits! This is how God works and the lazy servant puts it in this ways: “Master, I knew that you are a hard man, harvesting where you have not sown and gathering where you have not scattered seed.” God starts with one talent but God’s kingdom grows every day! We started our mid-week program with 4 children and now they are more than 10. It would mean more work for us. If we are lazy, it would be a disaster! So, lazy servants would not start working at all! They are afraid of growth!
God replied to the lazy servant. “Well then, you should have put my money on deposit with the bankers, so that when I returned I would have received it back with interest.” Who are the bankers here? They are the churches and ministers who are willing to invest and work hard. Sometimes our situation does not allow us to work. In that case, we can at least support others who are willing to work through our prayer and offering. If we are not able to invite people to church, at least we can “pay” or “pray” for the invitational ministry! One of our church members who are homebound mailed us a check of a sizable amount for our Mid-Week program. She put her talents into a bank! God will earn interest!
It all starts from one talent! Are you willing to use your one talent now for the Lord?
- What is the one talent that you have now?
- Where do you want to invest it while you are waiting for the coming of the Master?