9.28.2011

Matt 25:14-30 (5)

ppt

Following your callings with what you have
Reading: Matt 25:14-30
Prop: a box (kpca-y-c)

Jesus once told this story to his students:
(1) God’s kingdom is like a man going on a long trip.
He called his servants and entrusted his money to them.
To one he gave five thousand dollars (give a box), to another two thousand, and to another one thousand, each according to their abilities.

Then the master left.
The man, who had received five thousand dollars, right away put his money to work and then he doubled his investment.

Likewise, the one with two thousand gained two thousand more.

But the man with one thousand dug a hole in the ground and carefully buried his money.

After a long, long time, the master came back and settled accounts with them.
The man with five thousand dollars reported that he had doubled his investment. (Give back the box)

His master replied:
“Great work!
You are good and faithful.
I will put you in charge of many things.
Come and share the joy of your master!”

The man with two thousand reported that he also had doubled his investment.
His master replied:
“Great work!
You are good and faithful.
I will put you in charge of many things.
Come and share the joy of your master!”

Then the servant with one thousand came.
He got to explain something.
So he said:
“Master, I knew that you are a harsh man, harvesting crops you didn’t plant and gathering crops you didn’t cultivate.
So I was afraid.
So, I hid your money in the ground.
See, here is yours.” (Give the box)

His master replied:
“That is a terrible way to live!
It's criminal to live cautiously like that!
So you know that I am like that, huh?
Then at least you should have put my money on deposit with the bankers, so that I would have received it back with interest.

The master said:
“Take the thousand and give it to the one who has ten thousands.
To those who use well what is given, even more will be given.
They will live an abundant life.
But from those who do nothing, even what little they have will be taken away.
Now throw this useless servant into outer darkness, where there will be weeping and grinding the teeth.”

That is the end of our story.
Let’s pray:
Jesus Christ explains to us what you mean by telling this story. Amen.

In this story, Jesus is saying that before he goes away, he will give something to his students. (Show a box)
What is that?
He gives his students the Holy Spirit.
They will feel joy if they live in the power of the Holy Spirit.
They will feel the joy of God.

Jesus also teaches them how to live in faith and hope.
Jesus trained them to do something good.
Jesus understood what they could do with the Holy Spirit.

(1) Now what does the one with five thousand do?
He uses his gift to make more money.
He understands the intention of his master.
So, he used it all and made the world a better place.
As he used this gift, he became fruitful.
He worked in the power of the Holy Spirit.
Then because he was doing the will of God, he felt peace.
He felt nice.
He learned that God is with him.
Then God gave him more gifts and more talents.
Then, he discovered more what to do with his life.

Everybody has a different ability and a different gift.
When we use them, we find joy.

It is like this.
Each animal has different abilities.
(2) This duck is excellent in swimming.
(3) His nice web feet are very good to swim well.
But because of his feet, he is poor in running.
So, if he wants to feel the joy of his maker, he can do something with his swimming skill.
Then, he will rejoice because God has made him well.
Then he can serve others.
Then he can feel the joy of his master.

(3) The squirrel is excellent in climbing.
But he cannot fly.
But think about it.
What would happen, if he tries to fly all the time?
He may end up losing his climbing skill.

His maker is good.
God has done something nice to him.
He may not be sure of it yet.
But he is a good climber.
If he knows that, he would have fun using his ability.
He will find a new joy.
Then his maker will make him his partner in business.

(3) The rabbit is very good at running.
But she is very poor at swimming.
So, what is her ability?
Running is her talent.

(4) This eagle cannot run like rabbit, swim like duck or climb like squirrel.
But she can fly high.
In this way, she can praise God.

So, if they want, each animal can help each other by doing what they can do best.

What about us?
We are uniquely made according to God’s plan.
If we use well what God has given to us, we will feel joy.
If we learn how to use our abilities for God, we will feel joy and satisfy the heart of God.
God will feel joy, looking at us.

Have you tried to use your ability to serve others?
Sure you have.
God is calling each one of us to find our abilities and use it.
Since we have a different ability, we may have a different calling.
That means that we don’t need to compare ourselves with others.
That means that we don’t need to judge anybody.
We just need to live discovering our calling.
In this way, we can worship God.

Let’s pray: