MATTHEW 25

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Matthew 25:1-13

WISE OR FOOLISH?

 

1 BRIDEGROOM, 2 COMPANIES Vss. 1-5

Wise Virgins

Foolish Virgins

 

1 ANNOUNCEMENT, 2 CONDITIONS Vss. 6-9

The Bridegrooms arrival was announced.

The Wise Virgins were ready.

The Foolish Virgins were not ready.

 

1 WEDDING, 2 CONCLUSIONS Vss. 10-13

The Wise Virgins were received.

The Foolish Virgins were rejected.

 

 

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Matthew 25:1-13

PARABLE OF THE VIRGINS

 

INTRODUCTION - Vss. 1-2

 

THE WISE VIRGINS

1. They were prepared - Vss. 4-7

2. They were prudent - Vs. 9 - Sharing would have meant that there would have been no light.

3. They were participants - Vs. 10 - welcomed into the marriage

 

THE FOOLISH VIRGINS

1. They were unwise - Vs. 3

2. They were unprepared - Vs. 8

3. They were unacceptable - Vs. 10

 

 

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Matthew 25:14-30

INVESTMENTS

 

About a year ago I submitted my resignation from a church in New York State to come to a church in western Pennsylvania. I'm happy to say that there were tears and not a round of applause when I resigned. One of the things that impressed me about our people in New York was their good attitude. They were sorry to see us go, they said, but they didn't want to stand in the way of the Lord's will.

 

In fact, after our announcement, and in the coming weeks, several people really impressed me. There was Willis, a man in his mid eighties who came over and helped me pack the contents of the garage. There were Jeff and Mike, relatively new believers who came over to help me paint. There was Dick, who helped me pack up my books. There was Rose Marie, Dick's wife, who helped pack box after box, and kept my wife Dottie motivated. Finally there was Peggy, a lady who came to know the Lord about a year before, who for the 8-9 years before didn't seem to like me. Peggy was everywhere, giving us things to take with us, helping us paint, packing boxes, and feeding us as well. The loving support of these people and others was really appreciated.

 

The example of our church family in New York reminds me that God wants willing people!

God wants willing people who are ready to invest the gifts that God has given them.

 

The theme of this parable that Jesus told is investments.

When we invest we put something into something else.

When we invest money, we place it in a business, or a bank or the stock market.

When we invest time, we place it in a project, or work or some form of pleasure or responsibility.

When we invest energy we work on something, such as the nice closets which one of our men in this church has built in one of our classrooms.

 

Jesus told this story about a rich man who went on a journey, but before leaving, turned over his money to three of his servants, or slaves.

Two of the servants willingly invested the money on behalf of the master. One servant, who was unwilling, hid the money instead of investing it.

 

This particular story reminds us that God has turned over particular "riches" to us, and wants us to be willing investors of what He has given us to use. From this parable, we want to see three things:

 

WE ARE ASSIGNED. Vss. 14-15

A "talent" was a large sum of money equivalent to 20 years worth of salary for a common working man. This "talent" was worth thousands of today's dollars.

Just as the rich man in this story assigned responsibilities according to ability, our Lord has assigned us responsibilities according to our ability and his plan for our lives. He has assigned us various amounts of:

Treasure - Finances at our disposal to be used according to His will.

Talent - Here I'm using the word to refer to Spiritual gifts and natural abilities.

Testimony - An area of influence for Christ

Time - We each have an allotted number of years in which to serve the Lord.

 

WE TAKE ACTION Vss. 16-18

 

Each one of us, like the men in this story, will take action with the things God has given us.

We will invest them in some way. If we like the first two servants, we will be productive. If we are like the last servant, we will bury our gifts. Consider how we can wisely invest those things God has given us.

 

Treasure - Luke 16:9-13, 2 Corinthians 9:6-8

Talent - Romans 12:3-8

Testimony - Matthew 5:14-16, Psalm 107:2, 1 Peter 3:15

Time - Ephesians 5:15-17, Psalm 90:12

 

WE ARE ACCOUNTABLE Vss. 19-30

Just as the men in the story answered to their master, we will answer to ours.

We must remember that there will be a time when we will be evaluated for what we have done for our Lord. See 2 Corinthians 5:10.

 

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Matthew 25:14-30

SERVING IN THE KINGDOM

 

Our Lord told a parable about 3 men who received "talents".

A talent was a large sum of money. According to Warren Wiersbe, it was the equivalent of twenty years worth of wages.

 

Each servant of the Lord Jesus has received "talents". We are given natural abilities, spiritual gifts, and the opportunities to use them. How we use them is important.

 

RESPONSIBILITIES VARY Vss. 14-15

The man gave to his servants the talents based on their ability.

God has not made each one of His servants identical.

Our abilities vary, and so our responsibilities vary. God only expects us to perform based on the ability He has given us.

 

REACTIONS VARY Vss. 16-18

Two servants used their ability to multiply the master's wealth.

One servant buried the money he was given.

As Christians, we will either trust God and use the abilities which He has given them, or we will bury them so that they are not used.

 

REWARDS VARY Vss. 19-30

God will reward us based on what we have done with the abilities he has given us.

 

 

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