This Sunday, July 31, I am going to launch a new sermon series called, Life on Loan. The series will focus on how believers can successfully manage their life resources. You see, all that we have in life, our time, our talents, and our treasures, are on loan to us from God. We really don't own anything. We are not owners but managers.
This truth is emphasized in Matthew 25 as Jesus teaches the “Parables of the Talents.” Here the story is told of a master who leaves on a long trip. Before he departs he distributes bags of gold to his three servants. Each servant is given a different amount to manage, and, upon the master’s return, the results of their efforts are revealed.
Two of the servants are commended because they wisely used their talents to benefit their master. One servant is condemned. Although this servant didn't use the money for illegal purposes, he nevertheless wasted his opportunity. His efforts in the end were sharply rebuked because he had failed to properly utilize the time, talent and treasure that was given to him.
This is the point of biblical stewardship; we only have a limited amount of time to use our God-given resources for His glory. We must take the time we are given and use our talents and treasures to advance our Master’s interests. Again, our processions are not ours, but God’s.
One day there will be a “heavenly audit” of our lives, as each of us must give an account. The question we must wrestle to the ground is, “Am I using my God-given life resources in a way that has eternal value?” Anything less is a wasted opportunity.
I pray you will join us this weekend as begin our discovery of God’s principles for a profitable life.