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Doing Kingdom Business…or NOT! - Part B

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June 17, 2024 6:00 am

Doing Kingdom Business…or NOT! - Part B

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June 17, 2024 6:00 am

Pastor Skip encourages you to be a faithful believer that bears fruit for the kingdom.

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What will the king say when he comes back? Will he say, how come you're sitting on a mountain in a white robe?

Or will he say, well done, good servant, I can trust you with that, now I can trust you with this. A fruitful Christian is just a faithful Christian. A faithful, fruitful Christian is somebody who comes to this earth but leaves behind more than they found. Today on Connect with Skip Heitzig, Pastor Skip encourages you to be a faithful believer that bears fruit for the kingdom. But first, here's a resource that dives deep into biblical truth about the Holy Spirit. How deep is your understanding of the Holy Spirit and the gifts he gives?

Listen as Skip Heitzig unpacks his person and power in this teaching clip. The Holy Spirit is a divine person who helps us. How many of you think you need all the help you can get to live your Christian life?

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When it comes to living the Christian life, it's not hard, it's impossible on your own. You need his power to be able to do that. You need his help to be able to do that, and we have his help. For your Connect with Skip Heitzig gift of $50 or more, we'll send you the complete expound Holy Spirit series and Bring the Rain, Skip's book on expositional teaching.

Call 800-922-1888 or give securely online and connectwithskip.com slash offer. Okay, ready to go? Let's turn to Luke 19 as we join Skip today. He's gonna stand before punches Pilate and they're gonna say the same crowd, crucify him, crucify him. And Pilate is gonna be a little bit mystified and say, he says, shall I crucify your king? And they will say, we have no king, but Caesar. So there are people in this crowd, there are disciples, they love him, but there are people in this crowd who hate their king. They will come to hate Jesus. They're listening to him, but they're antagonistic against him.

He came into his own, his own did not receive him. Now throughout his entire ministry, they hated him. In fact, the hatred grew and grew to the point that they were looking for any opportunity to kill him.

How do we know this? In John chapter seven, Jesus said, why do you seek to kill me? In John chapter eight, Jesus said, you seek to kill me because my word has no place in you.

In John chapter eight also, but now you seek to kill me, a man who has told you the truth, which I heard from God. Why do they want to kill him? Because they hate him. In fact, Jesus will quote Psalm 69, they hated me without a cause. So despite whatever religious zeal, oh, we love the Messiah, we want the Messiah, we want the kingdom. In reality, they hate him because he will not give them what they want when they want it.

Now let's apply that today. There's a lot of people who hate him. I would say Jesus Christ is the most loved and yet the most hated individual who ever lived. Some of us love him dearly.

Many people hate him intensely. Have you ever noticed that when you bring up the name Jesus in a crowd that that's like a showstopper? Just try it and have a normal next time you're invited to a party and you're just talking, hey, how's it going, man? How's your dog doing? How's your life doing?

Just say, let me tell you about my relationship with Jesus Christ. It's like a funeral. It'll just change the mood. Just try it.

You'll have a lot of fun that night. Why is it when people swear? You don't hear anybody saying, oh, Buddha. Oh, Muhammad. It's always, oh, Jesus Christ to defame him. Back in 1988, there was that movie, do you remember it? The Last Temptation of Christ, produced by Martin Scorsese. It was very controversial. And when that was released, one film critic, not a Christian, Jewish guy, by the name of Michael Medved did not give it good ratings. In fact, he said it was a slanderous and very mediocre film.

That's what he said. Well, other film critics confided in Michael Medved and they said, well, we have to make sure we give it a high rating because we need to stand together against Christianity. Can you imagine? Well, we just feel like we have to do this because we have to stand together against Christianity. Why? Why would they hate him so much? I'll tell you why. In fact, Jesus will tell you why. In John 7, verse 7, he said, the world cannot hate you, but it hates me because I testify of it that its works are evil.

In other words, his perfect life exposes our imperfect life. We've got to deal with that. It's like turning on a bright light when your eyes have grown accustomed to the darkness and you turn on a bright light, it's like, ooh, turn that light off, that hurts. What's the solution? Get rid of the light.

Men love darkness more than light because their deeds are evil. Years ago, there was a missionary in Africa. He set up a mission station.

A tribal chief, all painted up in his tribal array, came to visit the mission station. And there was a tent and there was the encampment and hanging from a tree was a mirror. And the old chieftain came up and looked in the mirror and saw this hideous image of himself in the mirror and he jumped back in shock. And he said, who's that horrible looking person inside the tree?

Missionary said, well, that's just you. You're looking at a reflection of yourself. Try to explain reflection that it's a mirror. The chief didn't believe it until the missionary took the mirror off the tree and he held it in his hands and he looked at it and saw it was him. You know what the chief did with the mirror? He broke it, smashed it. He said, I will not have that thing making faces at me again. That's what's happening with Jesus. We will not have this man rule over us at any cost.

He's not giving us what we want. Spiteful defiance. But there's a third response to the kingdom and I'm hoping that you fall into this third category and that is faithful obedience. Verse 15 continues the story. So it was that when he returned, he's come back now having received the right to rule in the kingdom. When he returned, having received the kingdom, he then commanded these servants to whom he had given the money to be called to him that he might know how much every man had gained by trading. Then came the first saying, Master, your mina has gained 10 minas.

And he said to him, Well done, good servant, because you were faithful and a very little have authority over 10 cities. And the second came saying, Master, your mina has earned five minas. Now, first of all, we got to find out what a mina is, right?

Because we're just reading through this. But what is that? What's a mina? A mina is about a pound of silver. And a pound of silver or one mina was roughly 100 days wage for a common labor or three months wage for a labor. So if we were to take the United States tables of what laborers get in our country from 2023 and now 2024, 10 minas would be roughly $10,000. So we gave out $100,000, 10,000 to each of the servants.

And they're given a specific responsibility. What does it say? Do business. Do business. Do business. Do business. Do business until I come.

Or the old King James, occupy until I come. Now usually we read that, we think, he's just saying stay busy. He actually means invest. Invest. That's what the idea do business means. Put my money to work. Use what I'm giving you to increase my investment in you.

That's what this message is. So two of the servants did swimmingly. One guy comes back and he has gained a thousand percent on the investment. Second guy comes back, he has gained 500% on the investment. They get a verbal commendation.

Well done. And a pretty elaborate remuneration. They get a reward. What is their reward? They get entire cities. That's pretty good, right, for being a good servant. You get to rule over cities. So the nobleman comes back, now he's the king, he's the ruling king, and they are co-regents with him, reigning with him. Now I believe this is a pretty clear and beautiful depiction of Jesus returning to the earth and him giving his people rewards to rule and reign with him during that thousand-year period we call the Millennial Kingdom that we've talked about in our last series. But that was then.

I don't want to talk about eschatology today. Here's the important principle. The reward for faithful work.

You know what it is? The reward for faithful work is more work. Did you get that? The reward for faithful work is more work. Well done, good and faithful servant. Now I'm going to have you in charge of ruling, working over 10 cities. How you serve the Lord today will determine your service in the kingdom in the future. You are preparing right now for the future.

You know that. That should change the way we do life. Jesus said, lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven. Paul the apostle in 2 Corinthians 5, verse 10, for we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, the bema seat.

That's the Greek word. That means the reward seat where you get rewarded. We must all appear before the reward seat of Christ that each one may receive the things done in the body according to what he has done, whether good or bad. So your faithfulness now determines your usefulness later.

Well done, good and faithful servant. Now let me apply this in the most basic way. We have been given, all of us, the greatest treasure known to man.

What is it? It's the gospel. It's the gospel message. We've heard the message. The message has changed our life. Has it changed your life? Raise your hand if the gospel has changed your life, okay? Not all of you raise your hand, so thank you for your honesty.

Most of you did. So if you've received the gospel, you've heard the message. If the message has changed your life, shouldn't you now give it away to as many people as you can?

Shouldn't you make that investment greater? Receivers of the gospel should become transmitters of the gospel. When Paul wrote to the Thessalonians, he noted this. He said, you received the word of God, and then he wrote a couple verses later, from you the word of the Lord sounded forth. So you received it, and then you transmitted it.

Every Christian, every believer, every follower of Christ is a steward of the gospel. And get this, we've all been given the same amount. We've all been given the same amount. All of us have exactly the same amount. We all have 10 minas, okay?

We all have 10 minas. What I mean by that is the gospel that Paul the Apostle heard is the same gospel that Martin Luther heard. The same gospel that Paul the Apostle heard and Martin Luther heard, John Calvin heard. The same gospel that Paul and Luther and Calvin heard, Billy Graham heard.

The same gospel that all of them heard, you and I have heard. So now we are stewards of it. We have the 10 mina gospel, and we should multiply our spiritual capital.

Now let me make a distinction. We have different, all of us have different capabilities, capacities, but we all have the same spiritual commodity. So we all have different capacities. We have different abilities. We have different income streams, different spheres of influence, different education background, different status in society.

We all have different abilities. That's not this. We all have the same commodity of the gospel, the message of the kingdom. So what should we do with it? Well, should we sit on a hillside and just put on white robes and wait for Jesus to come back?

No. We should be bringing in 1,000% and 500% in being good and faithful stewards, servants. The early church did exactly this, okay? We have a test. Ready for the question? How many believers were in that first upper room church in Jerusalem in Acts 1? Shout it out if you know the answer.

Well, that's close. Somebody said 125. 120. 120 believers in the upper room in Jerusalem. That's Acts 1. Acts 2, the 120 became 3,000. In Acts 4, there was another 5,000 added. By Acts 5 and 6, the Jerusalem Council says you are filling Jerusalem with your doctrine.

That's a good and faithful steward. May it be said of us, you are filling Albuquerque with your doctrine. You are filling Santa Fe with your doctrine. You are filling Las Cruces and New Mexico with your doctrine. That's faithful obedience.

But there's one response left. Yes, there is biblical ignorance. There is spiteful defiance. And there is faithful obedience. But there's another servant that Jesus has yet to cover, and he represents unfaithful disobedience.

So look at verse 20. Then another came and said, Master, here is your mina, singular, which I have kept put away in a handkerchief. I've guarded it so safely. I've taken care of it.

I've stuffed the money in my pillowcase. For I feared you because you are an austere man. You collect what you did not deposit and reap what you did not sow.

Well, that's kind of unkind to say. And he said to him, Out of your own mouth I will judge you, you wicked servant. You knew that I was an austere man, or based on what you said, if you think that's what I am, an austere man collecting what I did not deposit and reaping what I did not sow, then why did you not put my money in the bank that at my coming I might have collected it with interest?

And he said to those who should buy, take the mina from him and give it to him who has 10 minas. Now, this last guy, this unfaithful servant, does nothing with the investment at all. He's afraid of doing anything with the money. He's afraid of taking the risk. Well, I don't know why. Maybe he's just so uncertain of the future. I don't know what the stock market's going to do.

I'll just put it all on a little pillowcase. One of those kind of people. Interesting article. It was found in the Wall Street Journal a few years ago. The Wall Street Journal quoted a Gallup poll survey of the most successful entrepreneurs in our country, that is those who made yearly salaries between in startup $100,000 to $999,000 per year.

That was their salary. So they're making money hand over fist some of them. Well-to-do, very successful entrepreneurs. And in the survey, they ask him a question. What is your greatest fear?

Almost without exception. All of these well-to-do successful entrepreneurs said my greatest fear is that I won't have enough when times get bad. The next recession, the next setback. Amazing and ironic to think that successful people who have made it in life are afraid that they won't have enough. Now again, we don't know why he failed to invest.

Here's one possibility. Maybe he didn't think the master was coming back. And I will say this. One of the greatest incentives to the Christian life is knowing Jesus Christ will come back and can come back at any moment. He can come back today. There's nothing holding him back. He can come back tomorrow. He can come back next week. He can come back next week.

He can come back at any time. And John says having this hope keeps us pure. So he might have just thought, my master, he's not coming back.

We don't know why. So the servant loses his reward. It is given to another.

No other punishment is mentioned. So the way I see it, we're dealing with somebody who's saved because he's still a servant, but he's unfaithful. And if we don't use what God has given us, then why should we even have it?

It's just wasting away. He says give it to the guy who's going to use it. Now here's what I also want you to notice. This third servant that kept the investment to himself, he has a wrong view of his king. He has a wrong view of his master.

He accuses his master of being austere, means severe, harsh, demanding, unfair. And of even being a thief, he accuses him of stealing crops that he didn't plant. All of it's wrong, but he's living with wrong concepts of his master. Folks, this is why Bible teaching is so important. This is why theology is so important.

If you wonder why I'm a stickler for expositional teaching, it's because of this. This is why we need a good theological background because wrong ideas about God will keep you from fulfilling God's greatest intention for your life. It will keep you and I from using our lives and investing our lives in the right way. So a greater concept of God is needed.

A.W. Tozer said, Nothing twists and deforms the soul more than a low or unworthy concept of God. So you want to be faithful, you want to be fruitful, you want to be satisfied? Do theology. Read your Bibles. Understand your Bibles.

Get a right concept of God. Now we have, as we close, you and I today are living between verse 14 and verse 15. Our master has left. Our master is absent. He is left to receive his kingdom, but he's coming back.

He's returning. Until he comes back, we have a task. We have a message. We have a sphere of influence. He's given us capabilities, abilities, capacities, but he's also given us a message.

And when he comes back, before he comes back, we should be evaluating ourselves. This is a good time to do it in the new year. How do I spend my time? How do I spend my money? How do I spend my resources? How do I spend my influence? How do I spend my time on that little phone?

How am I investing? What will the king say when he comes back? Will he say, how come you're sitting on a mountain in a white robe? Or will he say, well done, good servant. I can trust you with that. Now I can trust you with this. A fruitful Christian is just a faithful Christian.

A faithful, fruitful Christian is somebody who comes to this earth, but leaves behind more than they found. Makes this place a better place. You know, you and I, I said it before, you can complain all, but I live in Albuquerque. But you've got 10 minas. Yeah, but I live in New Mexico.

I'm just going to leave New Mexico. Or do business until he comes. So that you can hear, well done, faithful servant. That's Skip Hyten with a message on fruitfulness from his series, Kingdom City. Find the full message, as well as books, booklets, and full teaching series at Connect with the Skip.com. Right now, listen as Skip shares how you can share life-changing teaching from God's word with more people around the world. God's word informs every aspect of our life with timeless wisdom from his own heart. This ministry exists to connect people around the world to God's word, so they can experience the life change that comes from knowing and following Christ. Through your generosity today, you can help expand Connect with Skip Heitzig into more major U.S. cities and reach more people with the life-changing truth of the Bible. Plus, you'll keep these teachings available to you wherever you listen.

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800-922-1888. Thank you for your generosity. Come back tomorrow as Skip looks ahead to the day when the Lord's kingdom finally comes. One day, what is only now a spiritual kingdom of Jesus ruling and reigning over individual hearts, all of that will change when he rules and reigns over the earth. On that day, his kingdom will finally come. His will will finally be done. Connect with Skip Heitzig is a presentation of Connection Communications, connecting you to God's never-changing truth in ever-changing times.
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