Biblical Stewardship Series Part 5
Matthew 25:16 Then he that had received the five talents went and traded with the same, and made them other five talents. And likewise he that had received two, he also gained other two.
QUESTION: When you and I enter an equation, are we a PLUS sign, or a MINUS sign?
Do we ADD and MULTIPLY, or do we SUBTRACT and DIVIDE?
When we enter a relationship with someone, do we ADD value to that person, or DIMINISH the value of them?
When God opens a door of ministry, do we ADD to the kingdom of God or SUBTRACT?
When we look at our SPIRITUAL man in retrospect, are we MORE for God or LESS?
Has our INFLUENCE with our family INCREASED or DECREASED?
Has our FAITH in God been ADDED to or SUBTRACTED from?
- Luke 17:5 And the apostles said unto the Lord, Increase our faith.
NOTICE THE NATURAL PROCESS THAT FOLLOWS THE INTIATION OF STEWARDSHIP
- I Peter 1:3 According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue:
- 4 Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.
- 5 And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge;
- 6 And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness;
- 7 And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity.
- 8 For if these things be in you, and abound, they make you that ye shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Are you barren or unfruitful, or are you adding and abounding??
The Scripture is very clear – the Initiation of Stewardship should produce an Increase.
- Ephesians 4:16 From whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love.
- Colossians 2:19 And not holding the Head, from which all the body by joints and bands having nourishment ministered, and knit together, increaseth with the increase of God.
- 1 Thessalonians 3:12 And the Lord make you to increase and abound in love one toward another, and toward all men, even as we do toward you:
- 1 Thessalonians 4:10 And indeed ye do it toward all the brethren which are in all Macedonia: but we beseech you, brethren, that ye increase more and more;
In the two parables that we’ve examined over the past several nights, we’ve learned that the key factor is taking what God has given us and seeing an INCREASE.
- Matthew 25:16 Then he that had received the five talents went and traded with the same, and made them other five talents. And likewise he that had received two, he also gained other two.
Both of these servants were COMMENDED – “Well done, thou good and faithful servant…”
The other servant that hid his talent in the ground was CONDEMNED.
- Matthew 25:26 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: Thou oughtest therefore to have put my money to the exchangers, and then at my coming I should have received mine own with usury.
From these verses we learn that AN INCREASE IS…
A. The Result of Entrusting – vs. 14 called his own servants, and delivered unto them his goods.
The lord took it out of His hand, and put it in their hand.
He took what was His, and made it theirs.
B. The Result of an Expecting – vs. 15 – according to his several ability
The lord didn’t give them according to their AGE, or ACCOMPLISHMENTS, but according to their ABILITY.
He knew them, and what they were capable of doing, and his Entrusting was accompanied with Expectation.
C. The Result of an Exercising – vs. 16 went and traded with the same…
TRADED: to work, labour, do work; to exercise; to work for, earn by working, to acquire
From these verses, we learn that the LACK OF INCREASE is…
A. The Result of a Foolish Assessment – vs. 24 …I knew thee that thou art an hard man
If he really knew him, he should have known what he expected.
The servant used his knowledge of his lord as an EXCUSE to do wrong.
The servant was more concerned with his lord’s ability to reap and sow than his own ability.
- … reaping where thou hast not sown, and gathering where thou hast not strawed:
B. The Result of a Fearful Attitude – vs. 25 …and I was afraid…
Why be afraid of a man that has enough confidence in you to entrust you with it?
When God INITIATED the Stewardship Process, that was a sign of good faith.
He gave you in PROPORTION TO YOUR SEVERAL ABILITY!
C. The Result of a Faithless Activity – vs. 26 …thou wicked and SLOTHFUL servant
NOTE: He spent more time HIDING it and BURYING it than he did in working it!!
Conclusion: Luke 17:10 So likewise ye, when ye shall have done all those things which are commanded you, say, We are unprofitable servants: we have done that which was our duty to do.