Scriptures: Matthew 25:14-30
Idea: To whom something is given, something is required.
Are you taking responsibility for your opportunities, or are you taking them for granted? If every good thing comes from God, then there’s a reason you have it and some accountability for it.
- One thing we all said as kids: “That’s not fair!” To which our parents responded, “Life’s not fair.”
- Unfair really means “uneven.”
- Unfair/uneven can quickly become an excuse for irresponsibility.
- The real issue is not, Is it fair or how do you make it fair? The question is, How will you respond?
You are responsible for your responses.
- Look at the word: responsibility > response–ability. Being responsible is all about your ability to appropriately respond to what life sends your way.
- We don’t choose which opportunities we get. We always choose how we will respond.
14 “Again, the Kingdom of Heaven can be illustrated by the story of a man going on a long trip. He called together his servants and entrusted his money to them while he was gone. 15 He gave five bags of silver to one, two bags of silver to another, and one bag of silver to the last—dividing it in proportion to their abilities. He then left on his trip. 16 “The servant who received the five bags of silver began to invest the money and earned five more. 17 The servant with two bags of silver also went to work and earned two more. 18 But the servant who received the one bag of silver dug a hole in the ground and hid the master’s money. 19 “After a long time their master returned from his trip and called them to give an account of how they had used his money. 20 The servant to whom he had entrusted the five bags of silver came forward with five more and said, ‘Master, you gave me five bags of silver to invest, and I have earned five more.’ 21 “The master was full of praise. ‘Well done, my good and faithful servant. You have been faithful in handling this small amount, so now I will give you many more responsibilities. Let’s celebrate together!’ 22 “The servant who had received the two bags of silver came forward and said, ‘Master, you gave me two bags of silver to invest, and I have earned two more.’ 23 “The master said, ‘Well done, my good and faithful servant. You have been faithful in handling this small amount, so now I will give you many more responsibilities. Let’s celebrate together!’ 24 “Then the servant with the one bag of silver came and said, ‘Master, I knew you were a harsh man, harvesting crops you didn’t plant and gathering crops you didn’t cultivate. 25 I was afraid I would lose your money, so I hid it in the earth. Look, here is your money back.’ 26 “But the master replied, ‘You wicked and lazy servant! If you knew I harvested crops I didn’t plant and gathered crops I didn’t cultivate, 27 why didn’t you deposit my money in the bank? At least I could have gotten some interest on it.’ 28 “Then he ordered, ‘Take the money from this servant, and give it to the one with the ten bags of silver. 29 To those who use well what they are given, even more will be given, and they will have an abundance. But from those who do nothing, even what little they have will be taken away. 30 Now throw this useless servant into outer darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’
The Point of the Parable
- This is a lesson about being responsible with the uneven opportunities God brings our way.
- This is a reminder that every opportunity is a stewardship for which we are responsible.
- We’ve all been given a set of bags/opportunities.
The most important verse in the parable is . . .
19 "After a long time the master of those servants returned and settled accounts with them.
Christians believe we get to/have to give an account for how we lived our lives.
- For the industrious servants, it was a “get to.” Couldn’t wait.
- For the lazy servant, it was a “have to.”
- Regardless of where you are on the spectrum, take responsibility. Refuse to make excuses.
- Benjamin Franklin said, “He that is good at making excuses is seldom good at anything else.”
- For those of us with big opportunities, let’s not take them for granted. They are stewardships.
- For those of you with less opportunity: don’t be lazy.
- We have a little bit of time. And some uneven opportunity. Let’s do something with it.
Because to whom something is given, something is required.
So let’s take responsibility for our lives . . . really.