Monday Morning Pastor – 6/4/17

June 5, 2017
Note: Each week we will have a guest writer who will share a few of their personal thoughts on Sunday’s sermon. Unlike Monday Morning Quarterbacking, from which this series gets its name, we aren’t looking to critique so much as share how we have been personally impacted. This week’s post comes from Leah Hallahan.

Title: The Parable of the Minas
Passage: Luke 19:11-26

What have YOU done with the blessings that have been given to you?

Yesterday we discussed the parable of the ten minas from the book of Luke.  We are told in this story that of the three servants who were given ten minas (a respectable amount of money) by a prospective king, one of them earned ten more minas, one of them earned five, and the third one earned nothing.  The servant who earned ten more minas was given control of ten cities in the kingdom. The servant who earned five minas was given five cities. Both of these men proved to be faithful with what they were given. Even though they weren’t so sure about this man who was to become their king, they did not waste their time or squander their money. They completed a mission for the man in charge of them and were rewarded for their efforts.

The third servant however, earned nothing from what he was given by the king. He put his minas in a cloth and put it away, afraid of what this man might do to him and his money. What strikes me about this third servant, and what I find so relatable in him, is his reason for doing nothing with what he was given. He was acting, or not acting in this case, out of fear. How many of us simply do nothing with our time and our talents because we are afraid? How many of us say nothing to people put in our paths who we know are not saved because of fear of how we might look or come off? How many of us do nothing with our money in fear that we might lose it all?

What have YOU been blessed with in this life? Has God given you a wonderful talent that you can use to point people back to Him? Have you been given the blessing of children in your life who you can speak truth and give direction to? Have you been given family and friends who might not know or acknowledge the life-giving, redeeming grace of our heavenly father? Have you been blessed financially in ways that you can give to the poor, to your church, and to missions around the world? What are you doing with these blessings? How faithful are you being with what you have been given?

I am using the pronoun “you” but really, I am talking to myself. So much of my life is operated out of fear.  So much of how I spend my money, how I run my business, how I parent my child, and how I interact with those around me- all done, or brought to a standstill, because of fear. If God truly asked me why I have done nothing in so many cases where I could have done SOMETHING, I would have to respond, “because I was afraid.”

This is not what we’re called to as Christians and human beings. We are not put here for our own pleasure and purpose. We are put here on this earth for a mission and a purpose. One thing I have learned in the past couple of years, is that the more I act out of faith rather than fear, not only am I more blessed, but it actually becomes EASIER for me to make fearless moves. God grants you confidence, even if it only feels like your small voice telling you, “You can do this. Don’t be afraid. You’re doing it for God.” I want to make God proud of what I have done with my life. I want to live fearless and bold knowing that I serve a God who I do NOT fear, but love and trust, and who loves me more than words can say. What will YOU do with what He has given you?

 

Listen to the full sermon here
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