Matt 25:14-30 (2)
Use your gifts to serve God and people
Reading: Matt 25:14-30
Blanks: Blanks: servants, ability, returned, faithful, many, happiness, money
(3) Jesus said that one day, he would come back, right?
But what would happen when Jesus is back?
(3) Well, we can think like this, too.
Jesus will find all those who use their gifts.
Jesus will be happy for all those who use their gifts, because these people allow the Holy Spirit to work through them.
So they were able to help people using their gifts.
So Jesus will ask them to live with him forever.
But then what is a gift that we are talking about here?
What is like to have gifts?
It is like this:
(1) Look at this baby eagle.
This baby has a gift.
Her gift is the ability to fly.
So, she is practicing.
This eagle cannot fly at this moment.
But when she grow up, she will jump from this tree and fly.
But as you can imagine, it requires a lot of courage to jump from the tree.
(4) But one day, she will jump and fly.
In this way, she will use her gift.
And God will be very happy for her.
(2) What is the gift of a squirrel?
His gift is the ability to climb.
It is natural to him.
And his feet are perfect for this.
So, when he becomes a good climber, God will be very happy for him.
This squirrel will also have fun climbing up and down.
(3) Jesus also gives us a gift.
So, think about what your gifts are?
Find your gifts and use them.
Using your gifts, you can help people.
We may have different gifts.
That is good for us.
Then we can help each other.
But if we don’t use our gift, as a group, we may not function very well.
But when all of us use our gifts, as a group, then we can do some good works in Jesus.
So, what are your gifts?
Your gift may be speaking.
You can explain things well.
And God prepares you to speak so that people may understand.
You gift may be explaining who Jesus is.
When you explain, people may realize God’s love for them and God’s goodness for them.
(4) Your gift may be having a good conversation with other people.
You listen to them well.
And when you listen, you realize what God wants to do with them.
So, you pray for them.
Then, they may experience God and get to know God.
They may have the faith of Jesus Christ, knowing what God is trying to do with them.
(3) Your gift may be worshiping God and praising God.
The Holy Spirit has taught you to worship God and praise God.
So, you now know how to worship God and sing praise to God.
Now you may even know how to help other people to worship God and praise God.
(3) Your gift may be managing media and various machines.
God may help you to manage well those tools.
(4) Your gift may be communication.
You can write.
You can use PowerPoint to communicate ideas well.
You can draw well and design to communicate ideas.
(4) Your gift may be welcoming people.
The Holy Spirit may make people to feel welcome through you.
The Holy Spirit may help people experience God’s comfort and God’s healing through you.
Or you may have the gifts that Jesus had.
Jesus also had gifts.
(1) For example, he had the gift of knowledge.
So, he knew who he was and what to do with his life.
He knew how God works, and how he should carry out his ministry.
(3) He also had the gift of healings.
So, he healed people.
(3) He also had the gift of faith.
So, he saw things through the eyes of faith.
That is why he started his ministry trusting that he could finish his ministry on the cross.
(4) Then when Jesus rose back from the death, he asks his students to receive the Holy Spirit and become the students of the Holy Spirit, because from then on the Holy Spirit would give them gifts according to their calling.
Using these gifts, the students can help people in the power of God.
They can help people to get to know God.
They can live like Jesus the Christ.
(3) So, the Holy Spirit will give you gifts.
You will receive some gifts.
The Holy Spirit will help you to use these gifts to serve God and serve people.
But if you don’t use your gift, it may be taken away.
Even the Holy Spirit may be taken away.
So, we want to use our gifts and serve God and serve people.
In this way, we can live with the Holy Spirit.
So, ask God to give you the Holy Spirit.
Ask the Holy Spirit to help you use your gifts.
Then God will help you use your gifts humbly and patiently.
In this way God will work in you and through you.
Jesus, thank you for the Holy Spirit and for the gift.
Help us to use it faithfully.
And if there is anyone who has not received the Holy Spirit, may you give your Holy Spirit to them so that they may also work with you.
May they allow the Holy Spirit to work in them and through them.
Thank you Jesus.
We worship you and praise you.
In Jesus’ name, we pray.