What Will You Do With Your Gifts?
Worship Service Sunday 12-27-2020-What will you do with your gifts?
Text: Matthew 25:14-30
14 For the kingdom of heaven is as a man travelling into a far country, who called his own servants, and delivered unto them his goods.
15 And unto one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one; to every man according to his several ability; and straightway took his journey.
16 Then he that had received the five talents went and traded with the same, and made them other five talents.
17 And likewise he that had received two, he also gained other two.
18 But he that had received one went and digged in the earth, and hid his lord's money.
19 After a long time the lord of those servants cometh, and reckoneth with them.
20 And so he that had received five talents came and brought other five talents, saying, Lord, thou deliveredst unto me five talents: behold, I have gained beside them five talents more.
21 His lord said unto him, Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.
22 He also that had received two talents came and said, Lord, thou deliveredst unto me two talents: behold, I have gained two other talents beside them.
23 His lord said unto him, Well done, good and faithful servant; thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.
24 Then he which had received the one talent came and said, Lord, I knew thee that thou art an hard man, reaping where thou hast not sown, and gathering where thou hast not strawed:
25 And I was afraid, and went and hid thy talent in the earth: lo, there thou hast that is thine.
26 His lord answered and said unto him, Thou wicked and slothful servant, thou knewest that I reap where I sowed not, and gather where I have not strawed:
27 Thou oughtest therefore to have put my money to the exchangers, and then at my coming I should have received mine own with usury.
28 Take therefore the talent from him, and give it unto him which hath ten talents.
29 For unto every one that hath shall be given, and he shall have abundance: but from him that hath not shall be taken away even that which he hath.
30 And cast ye the unprofitable servant into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
Let us Pray
Introduction: We have all just celebrated Christmas and our trees are still up in most homes! Gifts were opened and exchanged and many of us were extremely blessed with very special gifts from those who love us and some of us were able to share a very special gift with those we love as well. Jesus was entering Jerusalem the final time and many of his Apostles and Disciples believed that He was going to bring about the Kingdom of God in their lifetimes, but Jesus told them this Parable we have read:
Jesus is the Nobleman in the Parable and Jesus has given gifts to everyone he left behind as Servants with these simple words of instruction:
Occupy till I come
As resources, Jesus, the Nobleman left every servant with at least one talent, which amazingly enough was a unit of measure in Bible times equal to about 75 lbs of silver. If you go by the Troy standard it can be as much as 125 lbs. This was a very rich gift indeed and Jesus told the to do what:
Occupy till I come
This Morning I want to ask you a simple question:
What will you do with your Christmas gifts? Will you regift them? Will you decide that you don’t like them and simply store them away for safe keeping or will you use your gifts, which most of us will admit, the best gifts are the ones you can use.
So Jesus asks you a simple question this morning:
What will you do with your talent or talents that I have given you?
A Big Thanks to Willa for all her hard work decorating for Christmas and for Ann and Dad for the hard work in playing all the Christmas Music for our Wonderful Candlelight Service! If you missed it, you really missed a blessing. I pray that each of you had a wonderful Christmas! Jenny and I would like to personally thank you all for the gifts and cards, they mean so much. I am excited that last Sunday we had two people Confirm their Faith in our Lord Jesus and submit for Baptism and Membership, despite all the the storms raging around us, God is in Control and we will continue His work in 2021! Please make your New Years Resolution to try and make every week of Sunday School in 2021, as the sign of the healthy Church, is a healthy Sunday School!
I Love you all,
Pastor M. E. Rosson