Part 1: Great power==>God’s resource
(Matthew 25:14-18 NIV) “Again, it will be like a man going on a journey, who called his servants and entrusted his wealth to them.(15)To one he gave five bags of gold, to another two bags, and to another one bag, each according to his ability. Then he went on his journey.(16)The man who had received five bags of gold went at once and put his money to work and gained five bags more.(17)So also, the one with two bags of gold gained two more.(18)But the man who had received one bag went off, dug a hole in the ground and hid his master’s money.
1. “Remember, with great power comes great responsibility!” Uncle Ben in Spiderman
(Greek: dunamis” 121x in NT. 120x is translated ‘power’. one time ‘ability’ It means power, force, energy, capacity,)to dismiss or release from one’s presence.
– All of us have a different start. You’ve been given a great one!
– True wealth = health, finance, stability, education, opportunities = Options
2. “God’s work done in God’s way will never lack God’s supply.” Hudson Taylor
(Philippians 4:19 NIV) “And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.
(2 Corinthians 9:6-9 NLT) Remember this—a farmer who plants only a few seeds will get a small crop. But the one who plants generously will get a generous crop.(7)You must each decide in your heart how much to give. And don’t give reluctantly or in response to pressure. “For God loves a person who gives cheerfully.” (8)And God will generously provide all you need. Then you will always have everything you need and plenty left over to share with others. (9)As the Scriptures say, “They share freely and give generously to the poor. Their good deeds will be remembered forever.”
Part 2: What you do with==>your desitiny
-This parable of ‘capacity’ parable… motivational when we know there’s a ‘payback’ system expected.
(Matthew 25:19-30 NIV) “After a long time the master of those servants returned and settled accounts with them.(20)The man who had received five bags of gold brought the other five. ‘Master,’ he said, ‘you entrusted me with five bags of gold. See, I have gained five more.’ (21)“His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!’ (22)“The man with two bags of gold also came. ‘Master,’ he said, ‘you entrusted me with two bags of gold; see, I have gained two more.’ (23)“His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!’ (24)“Then the man who had received one bag of gold came. ‘Master,’ he said, ‘I knew that you are a hard man, harvesting where you have not sown and gathering where you have not scattered seed. (25)So I was afraid and went out and hid your gold in the ground. See, here is what belongs to you.’ (26)“His master replied, ‘You wicked, lazy servant! So you knew that I harvest where I have not sown and gather where I have not scattered seed? (27)Well then, you should have put my money on deposit with the bankers, so that when I returned I would have received it back with interest. (28)“ ‘So take the bag of gold from him and give it to the one who has ten bags. (29)For whoever has will be given more, and they will have an abundance. Whoever does not have, even what they have will be taken from them. (30)And throw that worthless servant outside, into the darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’
3. Live for heaven’s applause and personal destiny. “Only one life, ’it will soon be past, Only what’s done for Christ will last.” ― C.T. Studd
(2Timothy 4:6-8 MSG) You take over. I’m about to die, my life an offering on God’s altar. This is the only race worth running. I’ve run hard right to the finish, believed all the way. All that’s left now is the shouting—God’s applause! Depend on it, he’s an honest judge. He’ll do right not only by me, but by everyone eager for his coming.
4. “Use it or lose it.” Henry Ford