Sunday Morning Podcast July 11, 2021. Bro. Dave Goble.

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This morning we’re going to be speaking on a parable that Jesus taught His disciples. In Matthew 25:14-30.    We know it as a parable of the talents.  Talents in Jesus day, it is not exactly the way we use it today.  Our title of our message, will be “The Profitable Servant.”  Our thoughts on it, might be brought in a way that you might not have thought of.  Every man, woman, and child on the earth is intended to be a servant of God.  None of us are intended to be excluded from being a servant!  But the Lord wants a profitable servant.  In this parable we will find Jesus gave this example, of the Master having given certain talents to His servants.  Then He describes what they did with them.  Ultimately whether or not their service was pleasing to Him, whether they were rewarded or there was another consequence.  So each of us is intended to be servants.  As I said, “talents” in this time is not the same as the word we use today.  We think of talent as some gift or something you can do, right?  Well, in this biblical day, the word talent had more to do with the measure of weight.  The measure of weight was often compared to the measure of value.  So you put it on a scale and whatever weighed a talent would be weighed against something else. And so many talents would be measured against a measure of grain, or some other measure of value.  So think of a measure of talent in that way, and not just some gift you can do.  We’re going to look at “What is the Lord’s business”  this morning, as these servants are certainly intended to be about the Lord’s business.    .

So we need to know, and be clear about,  “What is the Lord’s business?”   We want to make sure we’re about the Lord’s business, and not our own!  The second thing is as for any other prize, has a cost.  That prize that is for the benefit of a customer or any others, ..that enterprise has a cost!  Jesus describes here certain costs to His business.  We want to consider the costs to His enterprise.  Then finally Jesus talks about “profit.”  The Lord’s business is intended to bring forth a profit.  Today if you listen to the news, they are of the opinion that profit is evil.  That somehow profit has a wicked motive.  But when we think about the Lord’s business, we just need to go by what the bible says!   God says He intends His enterprise to return a profit!   Nothing about that is intended to be wicked, and we’ll explain why.  These things have a cost, and what’s left over is intended to return a profit. So lets think about that.  First let’s talk about “the Lord’s business.”  I was recalling about when Mary and Joseph had left Jerusalem, and Jesus was 12 years old, and Mary and Joseph were traveling with their company, traveling back to Galilee, and probably everyone were like a group who looked out for each other.  Everyone seems to know where everyone’s kids are, and they were about 3 days out from Jerusalem perhaps.  Mary and Joseph are figuring someone else has Jesus with them in their group.  But when they go to that “someone” Jesus isn’t there, and no one seems to know where He is.  Then they get really worried and go back to Jerusalem, hunting for Jesus all over.  Finally someone says “go look at the temple.”  So when they go there, they find Jesus, sitting at the feet of the scholars and teachers answering questions.  That’s in Luke 2:49. And he said unto them, How is it that ye sought me?  (Why were you looking for me?)  wist ye not that I must be about my Father’s business?  So Jesus told His parents, why were you looking for me, didn’t you know that I am about my Father’s business?   So they found Him at the temple conducting His Father’s business!   His Father’s business was the preaching of the gospel, which we find out later as a man in His public ministry.  He told all that listened, that “I’m sent to save people from their sins.”  His Father’s business!  He repeats that in Matthew 25:

TEXT: MATTHEW 25: 34-40

34 Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world.

35 For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in.

36 Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me.

37 Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, and fed thee? or thirsty, and gave thee drink? 

38 When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and clothed thee

39 Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee?

40 And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.

Here I want to affirm here, that when someone was naked, sick, thirsty, when they were hungry, in prison, (in other words when they had a very ordinary need, that someone came to that person, found them in the condition they were in) ..and helped them!  We like to say “He’s referring to spiritual conditions here,”  and not necessarily a physical /temporal need.  Let’s go to the sermon on the mount in Matthew 5:3,6  3 Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. 6 Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled. There is a list of beatitudes that seem to compare what you are reading in Matthew 25.  And in Matthew chapter 5, it looks like He’s referring to spiritual needs of hunger, thirst, nakedness,  Jesus tells them in other places, that He can give them spiritual living waters that will never dry up. spiritual meat that the world doesn’t know anything about, bread, ..and to clothe you with righteousness; Jesus can fill those needs for us.  But in chapter 25, I wouldn’t be surprised that the Lord is also saying, “if you find an other (anybody else than you), that has a need, if you find someone that is hungry, and say, “Be blessed, filled, and go on your way.”  That’s cruel!  If a child is hungry and can’t understand what you’re trying to tell them, give them something to eat.  Maybe then they will have a mind of understanding to listen to what you say.   Could be someone you come across that has some kind of need.  It doesn’t matter whether it’s spiritual or not, it could be a physical need.  I believe the Lord also says “I need you to be about that business as well.”

We’re talking about what is the Lord’s business!  God in this portion of the chapter is telling us what His business is!  The first I recall lately of an encounter that was presented to me of something I could do to help somebody.  Sometimes you have this debate with yourself, “should I, or shouldn’t I?  Can I help, or not help?” Will somebody else do it, and maybe I don’t?”  A need is there, and maybe within you an inward debate.  The need is there, and in a moment the need is gone. And we sometimes don’t take advantage of the opportunity before us.   I was the other day at the airport and there was a young blind woman, that struggled to navigate at the airport, and to take care of her luggage at different points, carrying, at the check out, and corralling a ride home, that though completely tired out, I found the opportunity to help.  Do you have that struggle, when there is a need like that?  There’s a need that you could offer to help in with someone that’s a stranger?  To have an encounter to offer human kindness in a world that’s indifferent and full of hatred?  The Lord duplicates Himself in this way, when we allow ourselves to be used for Him, to be that profitable servant!  Now I might only have “spent half a talent.”  But it’s an example of the Lord’s business.  Though this might not be the best example, but you can still examine yourself “how have I been used in the Lord’s business?”  Have I been a profitable servant to reach out and help someone in need?  What has been the profit for your service in the Lord’s business?  That’s your story.  His business is that men and women would offer Him praise for the great things He has done!   That’s the business that God wants us to be in.

The Profitable Servant