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August 27, 2020 6:00 am
Pastor author and Bible teacher Alan writings he made of partners in a trust issue dwells to us in an entrepreneurial spirit.
You are God's partner-no hold what makes you you know how to get our special resource right now. It can be yours for your donation this month to Alan Wright Ministry as you listen to today's message go deeper as we send you today's special offer. Contact us at pastoralan.org or call 877-544-4860 that's 877-544-4860. More on that later in the program but now let's get started with today's teaching here is Alan Wright, this guy is like an ultra wealthy billionaire investor and we are like those that were should have been just lowly service workers and instead he made his partners in a trusted huge wealth to us in an entrepreneurial spirit. You are God's partner. What a joy we are today in Matthew chapter 25 and parable.
That's quite familiar one, that if you read it all the way through. For those that love, grace can be disturbing, and I'm eager to dive into it and show you. I think the mystery of this parable. It is Matthew chapter 25 the words of Jesus speaking of the nature of the kingdom of God, he said, for it will be like a man going on a journey, who called his servants and entrusted to them as property to one he gave five talents, to another to another one, to each according to his ability. Then he went away he had received the five talents went once and traded with them and made five talents more so. Also he who had the two talents made to talents more, but he who had received the one talent went and dug in the ground, and hid his master's money. After a long time to master those servants came and settled accounts with them and he who had received the five talents came for bringing five towns, more saying master you delivered to me five talents here. I have made five talents more as master said to him, well done good and faithful servant. You been faithful over little, I will set you over much enter into the joy of your master, and he also who had the two talents came for saying master you delivered to me two talents here.
I have made two talents more master said to them, well done good and faithful servant. You been faithful over little, I will set you over much enter into the joy of your master. He also who had received the one talent came forward saying master. I knew you to be a hard man, reaping where you did not so gathering where you scattered no seed so I was afraid and I went hid your talent in the ground here. You have what is yours but his master answered him, you wicked and slothful servant, you knew that I reap where not sewn and gather where scattered no seed that he ought to invest in my money with the bankers and at my coming I should have received what was my own with interest. So take the talent from him, and give it to him who has the 10 talents for to everyone who has will more be given, and he will have an abundance but from the one who has not even what he has will be taken away and cast the worthless servant into the outer darkness in that place where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. Jason Michael Wayne at age 2 was diagnosed have a special challenge in his life as he was on the autism spectrum and in many ways.
He had challenges in his life but his great love was sports, particularly basketball when he played basketball. It was like he just felt like every other kid and though he only grew to 5 foot six.
He aspired to play on the high school basketball team and was not able to make the team and so Jason became the team manager and for three years in his little town in New York.
He would put on a white shirt and a black tie take care of the water and all the needs for the high school team and his dream.
Of course, is to be able to actually play in a game while it came his senior year last game of the year senior night and Coach Johnson is coach told him said I I can't guarantee anything to Jason.
They called him Jay Mack but he said that on the night dress you out for the game but on a jersey and if at all possible, get you in the game while he was so excited to barely stand it, and thankfully the game was well in hand.
All the students and the school had gotten word that Jay Mack might get in the game so they had made little fan sizable hand fan type size placards that had his picture on in their own turnaround and at the end of the game when they were up by significant lead with four minutes left.
The students the whole auditorium was packed out, began chanting. We want Jason we Jason. Finally Chris Johnson said it was time to put a man and so he I think he is aware number 52, 52, they said that Jay Mack was so excited that he just ran right past the coat ran right past the scores I've just ran onto the court they had to call back ever said no you need to go here and check in the scores table and then he went in women with just write it for minutes and with three minutes and 46 seconds Jay Mack took a shot from the three-point area outside the three-point line and it was an air about coach said he would just sit in on the bench just praying God just let them get a basket just let them get a basket and all the whole auditorium cheering for him just about 20 seconds.
30 seconds later the next possession. They came down and Jay Mack let loose another three-point attempt. It was all net and then the magic began in the next three minutes Jay Mack went six for 10 from the three-point line for a total of 20 points. A high score in the game.
I just want to imagine that seeing where the team manager was special needs so many ways in his life felt limited but on that night. Everything within him just remain poised for the potential of the coach saying I want you in the game.
They didn't need Jay Mack to win that game. It wasn't about that is about the joy of Jason Michael Wayne being able to do what he loved to do with one of the gifts he had and that was to shoot a basketball and I promise you there been no student who ever tried harder on the field of athletic endeavor, then, Jason Michael Wayne did that night right why just because he was so grateful for the chance to be in the game.
I want to show you from this familiar, but in some ways. If you misread it. Disturbing parable that that's really what Jesus is describing. He is describing a picture of God is this enormously wealthy benefactor or who allows some lowly servants to be entrusted with some of his wealth and to them with great joy and fervency get into the game and one does not. Often this story has bothered me over the years because I normally heard it preached and taught something like this. God has given you money and time and talents and Jesus is going to come back one day and find out what you've done with all of it. And if you've got a really good job and you've given a lot away and you use your talents really well then he'll say good job but if you haven't done a very good job with all of that.
You haven't given much and you haven't used your talents well. Jesus is going to be really mad so it's often used to motivate giving you better give more else Jesus and they would all say it that way but that's what's implied right and I want to show you today that that's not what this parable is all about. It's a surprising parent.
It's a story that is just full of surprising twists talent right will have more teaching moment from today's important series.
It's shocking how quickly American values have changed. Suddenly mostly little go to church or have a biblical worldview.
Everything has changed so much that maybe you feel like a foreigner in your own culture was a Christian supposed to live in a post-Christian world we fight against it. We decide our light in the midst of it. We pull away from it. These are the same questions that faced a young exile named Daniel in Babylon 600 years before Christ.
Though he was an alien God showed the young man in favor when you make your gift to Alan Wright ministry today will send you pastor at insane messages on Daniel favored foreigner in an attractive CD album on a USB thumb drive or through digital download is our way of saying thanks for your partnership. You may feel like a stranger in this world, but as God should favor to gain his farmland God's grace is upon you today. Your gift today would only help you walk in the grace of God during these troubling times. It will also help someone else. This ministry is only possible through prayerful support listeners like you when you give today will send you today's special offer were in the final days of this special offer being made available. Call 877-544-4860 or come visit pastor out.org today's teaching now can you once again is Alan writing want to talk to you first about about three surprises that I see among many in this story and in the first surprises this II guess I'd known this before but it wasn't until I started really studying the parable again this week that I realized that talent is worth so much scholars agree that talent certainly began is a unit of measure. Roman talent was about about 100 pounds and so the measurement would be used for a weight of gold or weight of silver and you can imagine. Therefore, 100 pounds of gold or hundred pounds of silver at any time in history is very very valuable.
In fact, some scholars have said that I talent could have been worth is much is in our dollars $8 million in Roman times, I might be that it was silver.
In any event, all of the commentators and scholars say that a talent was worth many years of wages for labor.
In fact, some have said it could be that talent was worth more than any laborer would've made in his entire life. Far understanding of this is simply best to say talent was worse about to us $1 million. Now the reason that this really surprises and catches my attention as I think often read this story like well he gave five talents and two talents in one talented know. The poor guy that just got that one talent to me. Didn't get hardly anything that's not the picture of the story. The picture story is this businessman gives one servant $5 million. Another $2 million. Another million dollars. The first thing this tells me is that this master who is a picture of God. The master was enormously wealthy, you don't take $8 million and give it to unproven lowly servants. Unless you have a whole lot of money.
I'm thinking Jesus wants us to think of this master along the lines of a Bill Gates. It's hard to wrap your mind around how much $1 billion is Bill Gates has over $100 billion like I try to wrap my mind around this. For example, one second, this is like that right, but a million seconds million of those is 12 days billion seconds is 30 years living in this way 1 mm very small distance 1 million mm a kilometer. 6/10 of a mile, but a billion millimeters, 600 miles so you gotta start wrapping your mind around Jesus describing a master who is ultra wealthy, extremely wealthy. He's wanting you to know something about God that God is infinitely wealthy, and every sort of resource, not just the financial or physical things of course, but everything that you would ever need in your life. God has a superabundance of it, it's who he is but the other thing that this says to me, and I realize how valuable a talent is is is not just saying something about God is saying something about you it's saying that even if you're the one talent person Jesus wants you to think of that in terms of if you were to think in financial million dollars. Whatever gifts that you been given you my often faint was not as wonderful a gift as so-and-so has is not doesn't seem to be is important. You may think I don't have that much, I don't have that many abilities. I don't have enough energy. I don't have enough know-how.
I don't have the powerful spiritual gifts. I see other people of whatever those thoughts are that we all tend to have Jesus wants you to know that whatever weathers five or two or one talent.
Whatever it is it is enormously valuable in God's eyes. Paul talked about the church of Jesus Christ is a body is in every single member of you is a member of that body and is absolutely essential. The hand can't ever say the foot.
I don't need you to see. You don't realize how valuable some almost invisible part of your body is until it's not working properly you you you don't know how much you care about your big toe into you stop it you don't find out how much you use the pinky on your left hand until you jammed it or heard it and you can't use it anymore and you sure don't realize how important the liver is, unless it stops working, but no matter who you are in the body of Christ. What this parable is saying is that this infinitely wealthy God has entrusted to you gifts, not just your resources and time, but just your unique given abilities and spiritual gifts. What you have an enormous wealth to share in this world you think what I don't know what that could possibly be, and I feel like I'm so limited seeing it from God's eyes. There is more to your simplest prayer and your senseless act of kindness than you could ever imagine, my dear, dear friend, Betsy Hall is in heaven now. She died this summer.
She was the wife of my spiritual mentor Dudley fall.
It was cancer that took her life.
She was delightful, pure in spirit, a wondrous gift of hospitality, a woman of prayer.
One of the best mothers and grandmothers you could ever imagine. Delight in life and I were missing or terribly, and Dudley wrote in his most recent ministry newsletter, something that really move my heart. He said the house sure seems big and empty these days. Since Betsy's death. I'm slowly changing some things. One thing remains just as it was the chair in her last two years on earth. Betsy spent a lot of time in the chair in our bedroom.
She was weak from the chemo and radiation and found the chair to be a favorite spot. I didn't know at the time that she was affecting a huge hunk of the world from that chair literally hundreds of cards, letters, prayers and emails were sent from there. Reports keep coming in and of the impact of timely word or prayer had also many she would've chosen that platform for ministry. Just as Paul would've chosen prison as a place of writing letters that still change the world, but he and she embrace their place is God's assignment. I stop at the chair every day and I remember times when I went there to ask her to pray for me. I miss that I'm trying to be sensitive to those they God brings to my attention that need prayer, word of encouragement or call. I know I can feel her role but I can follow her example of faithfulness, even when she didn't feel like it. I encourage you to find your chair and rule your world through love and prayer.
You are enormously valuable in the kingdom of God. If all you could do is sit in the chair and pray God be using you to change the world. So this is huge wealth that is entrusted to these lowly servants.
The second surprise that I have is that Jesus isn't shy at all about how unfair the story is this story flies in the face of the modern age. That is just always always always, everything has to be so fair and I like fairness, but the stories are never shrimp evident. I look again to one he gave five talents, to another to do another one, to each according to his ability, and then he went away one got 51 got to one got one completely unfair and off he went.
Different amounts, different abilities, and then there were different rewards and then to top it all off. How unfair is this statement in verse 28 so take the talent from him, and give it to the one who has 10 talents for to everyone who has will be more beat whoever has will more be given, and he will be given abundance from the one who is not even that he has to be taken one who has a lot to get more in the wanted and everything is going to lose it.
How unfair is that sure does seem fair, some servants got more than others, but this notion that one is a lot gets even more wet seems to be the least.
But isn't this the way life works though back to Bill Gates for a moment second richest guy in the world has over hundred billion dollars. So we could agree on this. He doesn't need any more money right but he can't help but get more money. He's trying to give money away really fast through his foundation gives a lot of Lotta good causes, but from 2017 to 2018. In that year, he added about 4 billion to his wealth one really trying when trying real hard and could add a lot more than that if you want to give away a lot, but let's just say 4 billion in a year. That works out to a pretty good income.net you know what that works out to $11 million a day and make an $11 million a day without trying new prayer Lord, give me one of Bill Gates days I could bring that needs today's teaching is very worried.
Use your talent and we'll talk about that here in just a moment with Alan back in the studio final good news. Thought for the day in our series. No worries.
It's shocking how quickly American values have changed. Suddenly, most people don't go to church or have a biblical worldview.
Everything has changed so much that maybe you feel like a foreigner in your own culture was a Christian supposed to live in a post-Christian world we fight against it.
We decide our light in the midst of it. We pull away from it.
These are the same questions that faced a young exile named Daniel in Babylon 600 years before Christ. Though he was an alien God showed the young man favor when you make your gift to Alan Wright ministry today will send you pastor out in state messages on Daniel favored foreigner in an attractive CD album on a USB thumb drive or through digital download is our way of saying thanks for your partnership.
You may feel like a stranger in this world, but as God should favor to gain his farmland God's grace is upon you today. Your gift today would only help you walk in the grace of God during these troubling times.
It will also help someone else. This ministry is only possible through prayerful support listeners like you when you give today will send you today's special offer were in the final days of this special offer being made available to call 877-544-4860 or come visit pastor out.org banker in the studio with Alan writing our final good news thought parting thought is replaceable to more gear and come back.
The conclusion of this message.
It's a beautiful parable of the parable of the talents and it is enormously powerful to think of the way that God has set up his world and member first time I really read this story, I thought, well, the one who buried his talent.
He's playing it safe and maybe he'll become an and you're surprised by how strong the view and what we realize is that worry is something that the enemy would like to use to paralyze us and today and tomorrow all about. No you compare your worry and use your time. Today's good news message is a listener supported production Alan Wright ministry