Rare Bear: “WHAT’S IN YOUR POCKET…WHAT’S IN YOUR HEART”
Matthew 25; 14-19 and Luke 19; 12-27
IN OUR SCRIPTURE READING, THINK OF THE WAY THE MONEY WAS DISTRIBUTED. WE NOTE THAT NO ONE WAS GIVEN MORE THAN THEY COULD HANDLE. AND WHILE THIS PARTICULAR PARABLE DEALS WITH MONEY, REMEMBER THAT THE TALENTS WERE A FORM OF MONEY. BUT TALENTS ARE ALSO A BLESSING AND A SOURCE OF INCOME.
TALENTED MUSICIANS, AUTHORS, ACTORS…USING THEIR TALENTS EARN A LIVING. I HAVE EARNED MY LIVING OVER THE YEARS BY SPEAKING AND WRITING. AT A VERY YOUNG AGE I DISCOVERED A VERSE IN DEUTERONOMY 32, WHICH SAYS “I WILL PUBLISH THE NAME OF THE LORD”. I HAVE TAKEN THAT VERSE AS MY TESTIMONY, AND I WROTE, MANY YEARS AGO:
” WITH TONGUE AND PEN,
I CAN REJOICE,
TELL OF JESUS CHRIST
JEREMIAH TELLS OF A PLAN GOD HAS FOR OUR LIVES…A PLAN TO DO US GOOD AND TO GIVE US A HOPE AND A FUTURE. THAT VERSE SPEAKS TO GOD’S PLAN OF SALVATION. WHEN WE OWN CHRIST AS OUR SAVIOUR WE HAVE THE HOPE OF HEAVEN…WE HAVE THE ASSURANCE OF AN ETERNAL LIFE, OR FUTURE.
PSALM 139 GOES EVEN FURTHER, REMINDING US IN VERSE 16 THAT ALL THE DAYS GOD ORDAINED (OR SET ASIDE FOR US), WERE WRITTEN IN HIS BOOK BEFORE ONE OF THEM CAME TO BE
THINK ABOUT IT…WHEN YOU SURRENDER TO JESUS YOU ARE GIVING BACK TO HIM THE LIFE HE KNITTED TOGETHER IN THE WOMB. (ALSO PSALM 139).
ACCEPT CHRIST AS SAVIOUR, AND
…”YOU’RE ON YOUR WAY TO GLORY
….DAY BY DAY YOUR LIFE UNFOLDS
…IT CAN BE AN EXCITING STORY
…WITH CHAPTERS YET UNTOLD.
JESUS IS THE AUTHOR,
AND HE’LL PERFECT THE TALE;
ON DAYS OF HIGH ADVENTURE,
AND DAYS WHEN YOU MIGHT FAIL.
YES, JESUS IS THE AUTHOR
AND PERFECTER OF YOUR FAITH
…AND HE WILL DAILY GIVE YOU
THE STRENGTH TO RUN THE RACE.
JESUS IS A FAITHFUL FRIEND,
STICKS CLOSER THAN A BROTHER
…AND AS YOU LEARN TO TRUST HIM,
YOU’LL FIND YOU NEED NO OTHER.
LAST WEEK A MAN CAME UP TO ME AND ASKED “WHAT’S THE TITLE OF YOUR SERMON. NEXT WEEK?” I THOUGHT FOR A SECOND AND REPLIED “WHAT’S IN YOUR POCKET…WHAT’S IN YOUR HEART”
I ASK YOU NOW TO ANSWER THAT QUESTION. A CREDIT CARD COMPANY ASKS ” WHAT’S IN YOUR WALLET? GOD ASK’S THE SAME QUESTION…THE SAME QUESTION THAT MASTER IN THE PARABLE ASKED: “WHAT HAVE YOU DONE WITH THE TALENTS I GAVE YOU…”
PERHAPS YOU ARE UNAWARE THAT GOD HAS TRUSTED YOU WITH TALENTS, RESOURCES, THAT HE WANTS YOU TO USE FOR HIM. THERE ARE MANY RESOURCES GOD HAS GIVEN… THE GIFT OF BEING ABLE TO PRAY FOR PEOPLE AND SITUATIONS: THE GIFT OR TALENT OF VISITATION. LOOKING IN ON SOMEONE WHO MAY BE SICK, OR GOING THROUGH HARD TIMES.
PERHAPS YOUR GIFTED WITH RECOGNIZING WHEN SOMEONE JUST NEEDS A PERSON TO TALK TO. GOD HAS GIVEN MANY TALENTS. SOME CAN BE CALLED SPIRITUAL GIFTS. DO YOU KNOW WHAT THOSE GIFTS ARE THAT GOD HAS GIVEN YOU? WOULD YOU LIKE TO FIND OUT? WHAT’S IN YOUR WALLET AND IN YOUR HEART? ARE YOU CAPITALIZING ON THE TALENTS THE MASTER HAS GIVEN YOU. ARE YOU GOING TO BE ABLE TO GIVE HIM A RETURN ON HIS TRUSTED INVESTMENT? HAVE YOU REALLY GIVEN YOUR LIFE OVER TO HIM SO HE CAN WRITE THE STORY HE PLANNED FOR YOUR LIFE.
Barry was born in Toronto, Ontario in 1935 and schooled to Grade 10, but continued educational pursuits until age 65 when he graduated from Open Word Bible College. He started working for Spitzer and Mills advertising in 1952, then moved to the Broadcast arena where for 62 years he was News Director and Talk Show Host at several Canadian Radio Stations. He was one of 5 consultants who managed to lobby for Christian Radio in Canada, and in the last five years before retirement, he was News Director of Canadian Altar.Net News, a network of 25 Christian Radio Stations across Canada from Charlottetown PEI to Campbell River BC.
Barry Kentner is a semi-retired pastor.
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