We all want to be faithful followers of Jesus Christ, but waiting and enduring hardship without knowing the time are challenging us. The Good News is we are not alone in this journey. God is here with us.
1. The Context
– the parable of Talents: one of the most abused text in the NT
– the interpretation matters
– it is not “the rich get richer, and the poor get poorer.”
2. What is the Point of the Parable of Talents?
– It is not about money but how to live as we are waiting for the Lord’s return
– Jesus reveals his departure.
– Jesus instructs his followers to endure the difficult time until he comes back
– A problem is no one knows how they they have to endure
3. Lessons of the Parable of Talents
– Each and everyone has received a large sum of money.
– Two of them worked hard as the master entrusted them.
– They received the same reward to ENTER THE JOY of the MASTER and being called GOOD AND FAITHFUL SERVANT
– One of them kept the money in a place he thought safe.
– He was able to return as it was.
– But he received not praise but punishment
*** In order to be a Good & Faithful servant, waiting should be active, not just passively doing what we used to do.
*** Another lesson from the 3rd servant:
– The reason he received a severe punishment was not because he couldn’t make money.
– his problem was not about money but his lack of faith. V24b
– He has a wrong image of the master
*** Q to ponder:
– How are we waiting for the Lord’s coming?
– What is the real difference as we try to wait faithfully in this Bay area today?
– Do we trust God’s promise? Or do we want to see just more cash?
– No matter where we are at in our journey, the Good News is God knows not only our abilities but also our weakness and brokenness because He created us, and He redeemed us, and HE IS WITH US!