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The Paradox of the Cross: Gaining by Loosing


The Paradox of the Cross: Gaining by Loosing

Today we are going to talk about greatest battle: “Warfare/Battle against self.”

“The warfare against self is the greatest battle that was ever fought.”

Ellen White once said: “The most difficult sermon to preach and the hardest to practice is self-denial.” (Heavenly Places, 300) Mercifully, that’s my topic for today.

Primary Texts:25‍For whoever wants to save his life‍will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me will find it. 26‍What good will it be for a man if he gains the whole world, yet forfeits his soul? Or what can a man give in exchange for his soul? 27‍For the Son of Man is going to come in his Father’s glory with his angels, and then he will reward each person according to what he has done.” (Matt. 16:24-27)

FCF: Most of us have struggle on setting aside our selfish desires. We have our own hidden personal agendas in following Christ. Looking at the contemporaries of Peter, his agenda and aspirations for the Messiah involved triumphant glory, not a seeming defeat at the hands of his enemies.

If Peter is to understand the “wisdom of the cross” he must set aside personal ambitions driven by natural inclinations, and set his mind on “the things of God.” (vv. 22-23)

Proposition: Just as Jesus orients his life around the cross, His disciples must be oriented around the cross too. Then, if anyone wishes to come after Jesus, he or she must have willingness:

Historical Context: In order to see the connection of these verses we must remember the mistaken impressions of our Lord’s disciples as to the purpose of his coming into the world. Like Peter they could not bear the idea of the crucifixion. They thought that Jesus had come to set up an earthly kingdom; they did not see that he had to suffer and die. They dreamed of worldly honors and temporal rewards in their Master’s service; they did not understand that true Christians, like Christ, must be a cross before a crown, suffering before glory, sacrifice before reward.

I. A willingness to deny themselves.

A. Denying yourself is more than saying “‍no‍” to many of the strongest cravings of his nature, in the direction more particularly of earthly ease, comfort, dignity, and glory. Ordinarily we use the word self-denial in a restricted sense. We use it to mean giving up something. For instance, a week of self-denial may be a week when we do without certain pleasures or luxuries in order to contribute to some good cause. But that is only a very small part of what Jesus meant by self-denial. To deny oneself means in every moment of life to say yes to God and no to self. To deny oneself means once, finally and for all to dethrone self and to enthrone God. To deny oneself means to obliterate self as the dominant principle of life, and to make God the ruling principle, more, the ruling passion, of life. The life of constant self-denial is the life of constant assent to God.

B. Mat. 16:24: “Then Jesus said to His disciples: ‘If anyone wants to be my disciple, he must say ‘No’ to self, put his cross on his shoulders, and keep on following me.’” —William’s New Testament

C. To live is to die and to die is to live. The more we live, the more we die. The more we die, the more we live. How do we do that? Perhaps Paul gave a lucid and practical commentary: “I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.” (Gal. 2:20, TNIV)

D. By faith, the self must be crucified daily; the devil must be resisted daily; the world must be overcome daily. There is a war to be waged, and a battle to be fought! Let Christ live in you!

E. “Battles are to be fought every day. A great warfare is going on over every soul, between the prince of darkness and the Prince of life. There is a great battle to be fought, . . . but you are not to do the main fighting here. As God’s agent you are to yield yourselves to Him, that He may plan and direct and fight the battle for you, with your co-operation. The Prince of life is at the head of His work. He is to be with you in your daily battle with self, that you may be true to principle; that passion, when warring for the mastery, may be subdued by the grace of Christ; that you come off more than conqueror through Him that hath loved us. Jesus has been over the ground. He knows the power of every temptation. He knows just how to meet every emergency, and how to guide you through every path of danger.” (Ellen White, SD, We Choose the Best: Choose Christ as Captain, 160)

F.  “Christianity is a cross, and a cross is ‘I’ crossed out.” —John Bisagno

II. A willingness to carry their cross.

A. The cross here does not symbolize suffering, but rather the decision to do the will of God whatever the cost. The cross is the symbol of doing our duty, even at the cost of the most painful death.

B. Luke, with a flash of sheer insight, adds one word to this command of Jesus: “‍Let him take up his cross daily.‍” The really important thing is not the great moments of sacrifice, but a life lived in the constant hourly awareness of the demands of God and the need of others. The Christian life is a life which is always concerned with others more than it is concerned with itself.

C. “Discipleship is a doing of what is right, no matter how irksome the privations, no matter how great the dangers.”—Allison and Davies, Matthew 2:681

D. “Taking up one’s cross” in antiquity hardly meant simply putting up with an annoying roommate or having to live with ingrown toenails. It meant marching on the way to one’s execution, shamefully carrying the heavy horizontal beam (the patibulum) of one’s own death-instrument through a jeering mob. “A suffering and dying Messiah liketh you ill; but what if His servants shall meet the same fate? They may not; but who follows Me must be prepared for the worst.”‍ But suffering always leads to glory. This is why Jesus ended this short sermon with a reference to His glorious kingdom (Matt. 16:28).

E. Charles Spurgeon once said, “Stand at the foot of the cross, and count the purple drops by which you have been cleansed: See the thorn-crown; mark His scourged shoulders, still gushing with encrimsoned rills…. And if you do not lie prostrate on the ground before that cross, you have never seen it.”

III. A willingness to follow Jesus.

A. To follow Jesus simply means to pattern our lives after His life.

B. “We are to grow daily in spiritual loveliness. We shall fail often in our efforts to copy the divine Pattern. We shall often have to bow down to weep at the feet of Jesus, because of our shortcomings and mistakes; but we are not to be discouraged; we are to pray more fervently, believe more fully, and try again with more steadfastness to grow into the likeness of our Lord.” —Selected Messages, book 1, pp. 336, 337.

C. Jesus presented to the disciples two approaches to life (paradox of the cross):

deny yourself                                                     live for yourself

take up your cross                                           ignore the cross

follow Christ                                                       follow the world

lose your life for His sake                               save your life for your own sake

forsake the world                                              gain the world

keep your soul                                                    lose your soul

share His reward and glory                            lose His reward and glory

C. “When it is in the heart to obey God, when efforts are put forth to this end, Jesus accepts this disposition and effort as man’s best service, and He makes up for the deficiency with His own divine merit. But He will not accept those who claim to have faith in Him and yet are disloyal to His Father’s commandment. We hear a great deal about faith, but we need to hear a great deal more about works. Many are deceiving their own souls by living an easy-going, accommodating, crossless religion. But Jesus says, “If any man will come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me”. (Ellen White, Faith and Works, 50)

Conclusion: “If anyone would come after me, he must continually say yes to God and say no to himself and he must have daily decision to do the will of God whatever the cost and a heart to obey God.” (Mat 16:24, My Message)

 “If you try to keep your life for yourself, you will lose it. But if you give up your life for me, you will find true life. And how do you benefit if you gain the whole world but lose your own soul in the process? Is anything worth more than your soul? For I, the Son of Man, will come in the glory of my Father with his angels and will judge all people according to their deeds.” (vv. 25-27, NLT)

 

See, keynote (for mac users only): The Paradox of the Cross: Gaining by Loosing

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Here I am… Send him!


Topic: Here I am… Send him!

There are times when we hesitate to do God’s will because of feelings of inadequacy. Moses felt so inadequate to lead the children of Israel that he offered several excuses to God, but found God to be His adequacy.

FCF: Like Moses, most of us feel inadequate to accept the responsibility of ministry;

Proposition: Since God have shown his mercy, we must respond to become the instrument of His grace.

I. Since God have shown his mercy, we must respond to His calling (3:11).

A. Moses’ Doubt to His calling: “Who am I?” (3:11).

B. We admire Moses for his humility, for forty years before he would have told God who he was! He was “learned…and mighty in words and in deeds” (Acts 7:22). But years of communion and discipline in the desert had humbled Moses

C. God’s Assurance to His calling:“I will be with you.” (3:12).

D. The fear of inadequacy will remain embedded in our hearts as long as we are asking the question “Who am I?” The question we have to ask is, “Who is with Me?” God gives me what I need for every assignment.

E. Who we are is not important; that God is with us is important, for without Him we can do nothing.

II. Since God have shown his mercy, we must experience His character (3:13).

A. Moses’s Ignorance to His name: “Who is sending Me?” (3:13).

B. This was no evasive question, for the Jews would want assurance that the Lord had sent Moses on his mission.

C. God’s name revealed: “I AM WHO I AM” (3:14).

D. God told Moses to tell them, I am who I am (’ehyeh ’ăšer ’ehyeh, 3:14; cf. “I will be,” ’ehyeh, v. 12) and I AM (’ehyeh) has sent me to you (v. 14). This One said He would be with His people in their time of trouble and need. ’Ehyeh is probably a wordplay on Yahweh (Lord) in verse 15. Thus, the name Yahweh, related to the verb “to be,” probably speaks of God’s self-existence, but it means more than that. It usually speaks of His relationship to His people. For example, as Lord, He redeemed them (6:6), was faithful to them (34:5-7), and made a covenant with them (Gen. 15:18). The word also (Ex. 3:15) points to a second reply to Moses’ second objection (the first reply is in v. 14). The always-present Godhad demonstrated His character in the past to the fathers (patriarchs; cf. vv. 6, 16; 4:5) and that willingness to look over His people tenderly is an abiding attribute. He is to be remembered by that name forever. Perhaps Moses knew of God as the distant Sovereign but not as the immanent God who cares for and loves His chosen ones. Both of Moses’ objections (3:11, 13) were answered with lessons on the nature and character of God (vv. 12, 14-15).

E. The fear of inadequacy is squelched by the admission of my personal inadequacy and the confidence that the God I serve is more than adequate. He is the holy, incomprehensible, eternal, independent, all-knowing, all-present, all-powerful God who loves me with an unconditional love. He has adopted me as his child and tells me to call him “Abba, Father.” With his power and his presence, I am never inadequate.

III. Since God have shown his mercy, we must trust His capability (4:1). 

A. The Question of Moses to his capability: “They will not believe me.” (4:2).

B. But God had just said that they would believe him (3:18), so this statement was nothing but open unbelief. God gave Moses two miracles—the rod changed to a serpent and the hand made leprous. These would be his credentials before the people.

C. The Showcase of God of His capability: “What is that in your hand?” (4:3-7).

D. God takes what we have in our hands and uses it, if we but trust Him. Of itself, the rod was nothing, but in God’s hands it became power. Moses’ own hand had killed a man, but in the second miracle God showed him that He could heal the weakness of the flesh and use Moses for His glory. His own hand was nothing, but in God’s hand, it would do wonders!

E. What do you have in your hand? Bible? Cellphone? Ipod/Ipad? Laptop? Whatever things you might have in your hand – show it to God and God will showcase His glory to you!

IV. Since God have shown his mercy, we must know His creatorship (4:11).

A. The Excuse of Moses to his background in speech: “I am slow of speech and slow of tongue” (4:11).

B. God had said, “I AM”—and all Moses could say was, “I am not!” He was looking at himself and his failures instead of to God and His power. In this case, Moses argued that he was not a gifted speaker. But the same God who made the mouth could use it. God does not need eloquence or oratory; He needs only a clean vessel that He can fill with His message.

C. The Question of God to his purpose in creation: “Who gave human beings their mouths? Who makes them deaf or mute? Who gives them sight or makes them blind? Is it not I, the LORD (4:12)?”

D. God created you to serve Him. God also knows where you are created. Therefore, serve him where you are created. (4:11-12).

Conclusion: “Pardon me, please send someone else” is not even an excuse – it is clear escape to his calling. The response of God: holy anger. Do you still feel inadequate too? God has Aaron to help you. God will help and teach you both. “He will be with you.”

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When God Seems Distant


Title: When God Seems Distant

Illustration: The Full Story from the AUP President Himself

Dear Friends, 
It is with heavy hearts that we inform you of a tragedy involving several of our beloved students yesterday, August 25, 2013. Yesterday, Sunday morning at around ten o’clock, eighteen college students, eight men and ten ladies, went out of the campus to celebrate the birthday of three of the students. Thirteen of them are working students, and among them, fourteen are dormitorians who went out using individual gate passes indicating different destinations. They met together outside the main gate, and hired a jeepney to bring them to Casile, Cabuyao. Their destination was the Japanese Cave which was off limits to students due to untoward incidents in the past. At about 3:30 in the afternoon, they started to hike back to AUP as planned. At that time, heavy rains started to pour. What they did not know was that the rains had already been coming down in torrents in the highlands of Tagaytay.

They arrived at the Dismo River, which is the southern boundary of the AUP property at around five o’clock in the afternoon. The river was already muddy and the water was moving swiftly. They decided to cross fast to the AUP side. Three students first crossed the river which was still below the waist level and were able to get across. Five others followed, confident that they would be able to cross the 10-15 meter wide river. While they were at the middle, the water rose very fast, even above the waist. The children of the families who live on the banks of the river were already scrambling to higher ground. They gave a warning but our students did not know what these children knew: a flash flood was coming. Because of the strong current, the five students decided to climb a big rock in the middle of the river thinking that the water would not reach them. But the water kept on rising, engulfed the rock, and reached their waist level again. The two male students who were able to cross ahead went up the river banks and asked for help. On the way, they met two women who told them that help was on the way. They returned to the river bank and, along with the remaining ten on the Casile side, tried to help by throwing a rope and other materials that would help the five trapped in the middle of the river. Unfortunately, the rope was very short and their efforts were in vain. Because of the strong current, one male student fell from the rock after ten to fifteen minutes, followed by the other four students. Immediately one of the ten who were still on the river bank at the Casili side jumped into the river to help but was carried by the strong current.

The student who was separated from the group, a good swimmer saw him drowning and bravely helped him. It turned out that the student whom he saved is his brother. After a few minutes, they were able to go to a higher ground and went to ask for help, too. One female student was carried to the river banks on the AUP side, but the three trapped in the middle were carried downstream.

After the three students were carried downstream, the four students who were at the AUP side hurriedly went to ask for help and were brought at the clinic for proper medical care. When the news reached AUP that students reportedly got drowned, Dr Wini Paez, VP for Student Services, Mr Mel Maalihan, head of Public Safety, and some AUP personnel and students immediately went to the river to help. Later, barangay officials of Puting Kahoy went to the other side through Nuvali to pick up the students who cannot cross over. Together with some AUP personnel, they brought the other eleven students to the University clinic for proper medical care as well.
Later, at about 10 o’clock in the evening, a search and rescue team went back to the river and looked for the missing students down to Nuvali. The water level had already lowered but the rocks and whirlpools in the river made the search risky. They went home at about 3:30 AM empty handed. This morning, our public safety personnel contacted the communities along the river to join in the search. A group of police went to search all day but came back without any good news. Search has also started in the Laguna Lake area where the river drains.

It is almost a day already as of this writing but we are still hoping and praying for the best. The three students who are still missing are Catherine Taroquin from San Pedro Laguna, Kimberly Guardias from Palawan, and Jay Mellapis from Sablayan, Occidental Mindoro. The AUP administration has coordinated everything, including hospitality to the parents and family of the survivors and missing students.

Let us continue to pray for the search and rescue efforts which will be continued Wednesday, especially that God will comfort the parents and relatives of the missing students.

—Francisco D. Gayoba, AUP President

Unfortunately, none of them survived the tragedy….

Have you ever looked out upon this world with its injustice and violence, and asked the question: “Why doesn’t God do something?” It looks like the wicked are prospering and the righteous are suffering. Godly people pray, but it seems as though their prayers do no good. This is the problem faced and solved in Habakkuk.

FCF: When God seems distant; it is easy to complain, to doubt, to question God…

Proposition: Even though God seems distant; I will rejoice to the Lord!

I. The Prophet Wondering

A. Why is God silent and inactive? Why is God insensitive to sin and suffering? (vv. 1-4). This was the first problem that puzzled the prophet. He looked out across the world of that day and saw violence (1:2–3, 9; 2:8, 17), injustice, spoiling, strife, and contention. The law was not enforced; there was no legal protection for innocent people who were sentenced as guilty. The courts were manipulated by selfish lawyers and cruel officials. The whole nation was suffering because of the evils of the government. Yet God seemed to be doing nothing about it. Along with these internal problems was the threat of the Babylonian empire as it swept across the political landscape.

B. “How can God use such a sinful nation for a holy cause?” (vv. 12–17) God’s answer in vv. 5–11 only created a new problem for Habakkuk. He could not understand how a holy God could use such a wicked nation to punish His own chosen people, the Jews. “It is true that we have sinned,” says Habakkuk, “and we deserve chastening; but the Chaldeans are far more wicked than we are. If anyone deserves punishment, it is the Chaldeans.” Can a holy God sit and watch His own people being caught like fish or trampled like insects? (vv. 14–15) The Chaldeans will boast, “Our gods have given us the victory. Jehovah is not the true God.”

C. God gave the prophet an answer in 5–11. “I am working a work that will amaze you,” God said. “I will raise up the Chaldeans who will conquer the nations and be my instrument to chasten the people.” How true it is that God is working in our world and we fail to realize it (Rom. 8:28; 2 Cor. 4:17).

D. There is nothing wrong with a believer wrestling with the problems of life and seeking to solve them. Sometimes it seems as though God does not care; it appears that He has forsaken His own and is helping the heathen. How many millions of believers have been martyred for their faith. Can we honestly worship, trust, and serve a God whose ways are so seemingly contradictory?

II. The Prophet Waiting

A. Verse 4 describes two kinds of people: those who are “puffed up” because they trust in themselves, and those who are saved and humble because they trust in the Lord. This should be the attitude of a Christian while waiting on God.

B. “The Lord is in His holy temple” (v. 20). God is still on the throne (Isa. 6). We have no need to complain or doubt, for He is ruling and overruling in the affairs of nations. Habakkuk thought that God was uninterested in the problems of life, but he discovered that God was very much concerned, and that He was working out His own plan in His own time. This is why the just live by faith. “For we walk by faith, not by sight” (2 Cor. 5:7; 4:18). If we look at ourselves, or at circumstances, we will be discouraged and want to quit, but if we look up to God by faith, and ahead to the glorious return of Christ, then we will be encouraged and enabled to go on in victory.

III. The Prophet Worshipping

A. The prophet praises (vv. 17–19). These verses represent one of the greatest confessions of faith found in the Bible. “Though everything around me fail—the fields, the vineyards, the flocks, the herds—yet will I rejoice in the Lord.” Habakkuk knew that he had no strength of his own, but that God could give him the strength he would need to go through the trials that lay ahead. “He will make me like a deer—I will jump over the mountains.”

Conclusion: Habakkuk shows us how to deal with life’s problems: (1) admit them honestly; (2) talk to God about them; (3) wait quietly before Him in prayer and meditation on the Word; (4) when He speaks, listen and obey. Never run away from the difficulties of life, because God wants to use those difficulties to strengthen your faith. “Never doubt in the dark what God has told you in the light.” The just shall live by faith.

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Don’t lose heart!


Topic: Don’t lose heart!

by Jaymark Molo

Key Texts: 2 Corinthians 4:1-18

Illustration: “Many years ago a young midwestern lawyer suffered such deep depression that his friends thought it wise to keep all knives and razors from him. During this time he wrote, “I am now the most miserable man living. Whether I shall ever be better, I cannot tell. I awfully forebode I shall not.” He was wrong. He did recover and went up to become one of America’s most-loved presidents, Abraham Lincoln.” —C. R. Hembree

Someone has said that if you could convince a man there was no hope, he would curse the day he was born. Hope is an indispensable quality of life. What do you think?

FCF: There are times when you feel like God just isn’t listening. Mean voices are rising with guilt and condemnation or angry slander. You feel like you’ve prayed your guts out. You’re battling fear. You just want to fly away, to escape the trial. Much worse, you want to kill yourself. You need a break from the stormy weather—and you need it now. You’ve tried everything and nothing changes. You are on the verge of giving up.

Proposition: We do not lose heart! (v. 1).

I. Power of God (v.7).

A. “Earthen” or “clay” jars, as opposed to bronze ones, were readily discarded; because clay was always available, such containers were cheap and disposable if they were broken or incurred ceremonial impurity—an odd container for a rich treasure. This serves to show that the power released through the preaching of the gospel is from God and not from us (v. 7)!

B. This principle is illustrated by a series of these statements: “We are pressed on every side, yet not straitened; perplexed, yet not unto despair; pursued, yet not forsaken; smitten down, yet not destroyed; always bearing about in the body the dying of Jesus, that the life also of Jesus may be manifested in our body.” (vv. 9-10)

C. We are like clay, but we can’t be filled with the power of God until we first empty ourselves of the pretense that we can get by on our own. “It is only when we are helpless that we really open our hearts to God.

II. Process of God (v. 16).

A. Though Paul was outwardly wasting away (cf. vs 7–12) he did not lose heart, because inwardly he was being renewed day by day. This constant renewal of strength is opposed to losing heart.

B. God is not interested on how fast you grow, but strong you grow. When you feel like giving up—remember this: God is not finish with you yet!

III. Perspective of God (vv. 17-18).

A. The disparity is threefold: (1) in time—for a moment contrasted with eternal; (2) in magnitude—light contrasted with weight; (3) in character—affliction contrasted with glory (vv. 17-18).

B. This is the reason why we do not lose heart. Our troubles are light, they are momentary, and they secure eternal glory. Paul’s troubles were exceedingly great. He was poor, often without food or clothing; his body was weak and sickly; he was homeless; he was beset by cruel enemies; he was repeatedly scourged, he was stoned, he was imprisoned, he was shipwrecked, robbed, and counted as the scum of the earth; he was beyond measure harassed by anxieties and cares and by the opposition of false teachers and the corruption of the churches that he had planted at such expense of time and labor. Can you relate?

C. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal (v. 18). Everything depends on the standard of judgment. But remember: His perspective is always better than mine! You can trust Him!

Conclusion: Hang on!

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Little Things are Big Things


Little Things are Big Things

by Jaymark Molo

Illustration: “Sometimes when I consider what tremendous consequences come from little things, I am tempted to think there are no little things.” — Bruce Barton

FCF: The importance of little things is underrated because they are small, (but they supply much of the actual discipline of life). —Ellen White

Proposition: Since (“en ho” [causative]) the Lord would return someday; we should be faithful to every single gift until He comes (Luk. 19:12).

I. Since the Lord would return someday; we should be liable to every single gift until He comes (19:13).

A. Resources for fulfilling the master’s commands are gifts for which the servants are accountable to the master (9:12, 13).

B. The phrase “put this money to work” implies that they are held accountable to the money (9:13).

B.1. “My greatest thought is my accountability to God.” —Daniel Webster

B.2. On his first day of teaching his class of 250 college freshmen, R.C. Sproul carefully explained the assignment of three term papers – due on the last day of September, October, and November. Sproul clearly stated there would be no extensions (except for medical reasons). At the end of September, some 255 students dutifully turned in their papers, while 25 remorseful students quaked in fear. “We’re sorry,” they said. “We didn’t make the proper adjustments from high school to college, but we promise to do better next time.” He bowed to their pleas for mercy and gave them an extension, but warned them not to be late next month.  The end of October rolled around, and about 200 students turned their papers, while 50 students showed up empty-handed. “Oh, please,” they begged, “it was homecoming weekend, and we ran out of time.” Sproul relented once more but warned them, “This is it.” No excuses next time. You will get F.”

Then end of November came, and only 100 students turned in their papers. The rest told Sproul, “We’ll get it soon.”

“Sorry,” Sproul replied, “It’s too late now. You get an F.”

The students howled in protest, “That’s not fair,”

“OK,” Sproul replied, “you want justice, do you?” Here’s what’s just: you’ll get an F for all three papers that were late. That was the rule, right?

“The students had quickly taken my mercy for granted,” Sproul later reflected. “ They assumed it. When justice suddenly fell, they were unprepared for it. It came as a shock, and they were outraged.”  Matt Woodley, “The Grieving Heart of God”

B.3. How is your relationship with God right now? Have you spent adequate time in Bible study and prayer? How is your Christian witnessing? What are the specific tasks facing you right now that you consider incomplete? How are you doing to your roommates? How was your integrity when you had exam? Have you exposed yourself to any sexually explicit material? Have you just lied to me?

II. Since the Lord would return someday; we should lengthen every single gift until He comes (19:16, 18).

A. Static preservation of God’s gift is to betray the one who gives them. There will be no lazy people in Heaven!

B. Humility (Gratitude and Thankfulness) is appropriate response in his service. The faithful servant tells the master, “Your minas has produced…” (rather than, “My hard work has achieved…”) [19:16, 18].

B.1. “Salvation always produces works, however works never produces salvation.”

III. Since the Lord would return someday; we should be loyal to every single gift until He comes (19: 20).

A. Unfaithfulness distorted the disobedient servant’s vision of his master. This led him to radically misjudge his master’s nature (19:21).

B. Jesus is clearly the generous master who expects loyalty from his followers, and in his own good time he will make an accounting with them, to the joy of some and the disappointment of others (19:22-25).

B.1. We should not waste our time waiting and longing for large opportunities, which may never come. But faithfully handle the little things that are always claiming for your attention.

Conclusion: A British journalist once asked Mother Teresa how she kept going, knowing that she could never meet the needs of all the dying in the streets of Calcutta. She replied, “I am not called to be successful; I am called to be faithful.” (19:26)

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