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THE FIRST WORDS

Matthew 25:14-30

January 1, 2023
Juan Carlos Heredia, Pastor of Spanish Ministry

In the end, what will your life count for?

Nothing temporary can ever fulfill us because we are made for eternity.

  • Matthew 16:26  For what will it benefit someone if he gains the whole world yet loses his life? Or what will anyone give in exchange for his life?
  • Matthew 25:14-15a  For it is just like a man about to go on a journey. He called his own servants and entrusted his possessions to them. 15 To one he gave five talents, to another two talents, and to another one talent, depending on each one’s ability. Then he went on a journey.

Everything you have is entrusted for you to manage rather than possess.

Success for God is not how much you get but what you do with it.

Matthew 25:15b-17  Immediately 16 the man who had received five talents went, put them to work, and earned five more. 17 In the same way the man with two earned two more. 18 But the man who had received one talent went off, dug a hole in the ground, and hid his master’s money.

Our time to invest will inevitably come to an end.

  • Matthew 25:19  After a long time the master of those servants came and settled accounts with them.
  • Matthew 20-23  The man who had received five talents approached, presented five more talents, and said, ‘Master, you gave me five talents. See, I’ve earned five more talents.’ 21 “His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You were faithful over a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Share your master’s joy.’ 22 The man with two talents also approached. He said, ‘Master, you gave me two talents. See, I’ve earned two more talents.’ 23 His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You were faithful over a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Share your master’s joy.’

Live in such a way that the first words you hear from God will be, “well done, good and faithful servant.”

  • Matthew 25:24-25  The man who had received one talent also approached and said, ‘Master, I know you. You’re a harsh man, reaping where you haven’t sown and gathering where you haven’t scattered seed. 25 So I was afraid and went off and hid your talent in the ground. See, you have what is yours.’

A squandered life prioritizes our personal agenda with what belongs to God.

  • Matthew 25:26-27 His master replied, ‘You evil, lazy servant! If you knew that I reap where I haven’t sown and gather where I haven’t scattered, 27 then you should have deposited my money with the bankers, and I would have received my money back with interest when I returned.
  • Matthew 25:28-30 ‘So take the talent from him and give it to the one who has ten talents. 29 For to everyone who has, more will be given, and he will have more than enough. But from the one who does not have, even what he has will be taken away from him. 30 And throw this good-for-nothing servant into the outer darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’

Three suggestions to live successfully:

    • Love the Talent-Giver more than the talents.
    • Prioritize God’s agenda.
    • Rely on God to invest in His Kingdom.