Use your talents for the glory of God

November 26, 2017 Discerning Reader 0 Comments

Passage: Matthew 25:14-30

God gives everyone talents. No matter what your talent is, it is very important because every gift comes from God. God wants you to use your talent. It doesn’t matter what your talent is. It matters how you use it.

Many people disvalue what God has given them and don’t really use it. They think it’s not a big deal so they don’t invest in it.

In Matthew 25, the master left town, giving his servants talents: five, two, and one. Jesus is the Master. He left earth 2,000 years ago and gave everyone in the church talents. He gave YOU talents.

We are not in charge of our lives. Christ is our master. He owns everything that we are and that we have.

Some people misuse their talents. Some people don’t use their talents. That is a problem. Most Christians don’t use their talents to serve God, but to build their own kingdom. Those who don’t use their talents for the glory of God will go to hell.

We need to use the talents that are given to us by God to serve Him. If you bury your talent, Scripture says that you will go to hell.

It doesn’t matter what size your talent is, every talent is from God and should be used for the glory of God. At the end of your life, when you get to heaven, God will reward you based on how much you used your talent (not based on what it was).

Some people think that other people’s talents are better, but God sees them all as equal. Cleaning the church, cooking food for people, watching children, teaching, preaching, ushering, and singing on the praise and worship team are all the same in His sight.

When the master left town, he gave his servants talents: five, two, and one. Jesus is the Master. He left earth 2,000 years ago and gave everyone in the church talents. He gave YOU talents.

We are not in charge of our lives. Christ is our master. He owns everything that we are and that we have.

Some people misuse their talents. Some people don’t use their talents. That is a problem. Most Christians don’t use their talents to serve God, but to build their own kingdom. Those who don’t use their talents for the glory of God will go to hell.

We need to use the talents that are given to us by God to serve Him. If you bury your talent, Scripture says that you will go to hell.

It doesn’t matter what size your talent is, every talent is from God and should be used for the glory of God. At the end of your life, when you get to heaven, God will reward you based on how much you used your talent (not based on what it was).

Some people think that other people’s talents are better, but God sees them all as equal. Cleaning the church, cooking food for people, watching children, teaching, preaching, ushering, and singing on the praise and worship team are all the same in His sight.

When Jesus went back to heaven, He gave talents to His church. He told us that he would return. When Jesus returns, He’s going to check your bookkeeping. He’s going to check and see how you used your talents, how you managed your talents. You will have an encounter with Jesus; He will audit your books. The angels in heaven write down everything you do and He will examine your works and have a meeting with you.

You might not believe that you will have a meeting with Jesus about your talents, but that’s what the master in Matthew 25 did.

Why did God give us talents? To save the souls. He gave us talents so that others would come to His kingdom. He gave us talents to help others.

If you use your talents to help yourself, for your own gain, it’s just like you are burying them. If you use them for yourself, they are dead. Those works don’t count. You are just like the servant who received one talent and buried in the ground.

A lot of people in the church are using their talents to build their own kingdom. They are like the servant who buried the one talent. It’s terrible. The church is not a business or marketplace.

Examine your heart: how have you been using your talents? Have you been burying your talents or using them to help others and save the souls?

We must use everything we have for the glory of God. Win souls. Bring them to the kingdom of God. Help others.

If you haven’t been using your talents to help others and save the souls, you are a lazy, wicked servant and you will not enter into the kingdom of heaven.

Every talent from God is very important. Visiting people in the hospital, encouraging others, praying early in the morning, cleaning the church, all of it is very important. God uses all of these things to build His kingdom, to move the kingdom of God forward.

We need to be faithful to what God has given us. Ask God to help you be faithful to what He has given you.

When should you use your talents? Start using them early in the morning. When you wake up in the morning, pray. When you pray early in the morning, you develop your talents. Great things will happen through your prayers.

The Israelites received manna early in the morning. When you seek God early in the morning, you will receive manna from heaven.

Those who are faithful to use their talents for the kingdom of God will inherit the crown of life.

Revelation 2:10
10 Do not fear any of those things which you are about to suffer. Indeed, the devil is about to throw some of you into prison, that you may be tested, and you will have tribulation ten days. Be faithful until death, and I will give you the crown of life.

Your faithfulness will bring revival to this world. Your faithfulness will bring change to this world.

Don’t pray for God to increase your talents. Pray for God to help you be faithful to your talents.

1 Corinthians 4:2
2 Moreover it is required in stewards that one be found faithful.

Be faithful to what God has given to you. Don’t just use your talents when you feel like it. Don’t just serve when you feel like it. Be faithful. Be consistent.

If you are faithful to your gifts, you will receive a great reward. Jesus will return when you are not expecting it. Therefore, you must always be faithful to your talents and gifts.

Matthew 24:50
50 the master of that servant will come on a day when he is not looking for him and at an hour that he is not aware of,

If you knew when Jesus was coming, you would prepare. You would shower and dress nicely and be sitting on the couch, reading your Bible. But Jesus is coming when you don’t expect it. Don’t let him find you sinning. Don’t let him find you fighting with your spouse or gossiping or watching pornography.

When Jesus returns, He will go through your records, line by line. He will examine your works.

Romans 14:12
12 So then each of us shall give account of himself to God.

Jesus will check to see how much you’ve used your talents for yourself and how much you’ve used them for others. He will see if you have buried your talents or used them for the glory of God.

Everyone has talents. You must use them to serve God. Use them to save souls. Use them to bless others. Use them to take care of others. You have something. Use it.

God didn’t give you things just so that you could live a comfortable life. He wants you to use those things to save the souls and help others. God didn’t give you talents to bless just yourself. He wants you to bless others.

God bless you,
Pastor Sun East

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