Bonus file – study on the 12 apostles by Dr. Tommy South
“And he said also unto the disciples, There was a certain rich man, who had a steward; and the same was accused unto him that he was wasting his goods. And he called him and said unto him, what is this that I hear of thee? Render the account of thy stewardship; for thou canst be no longer steward.” (Luke 16:1-2).
In life, one loses his job or place of responsibility if they do not take care of it. We are held accountable. We often hear of people wasting their time, talent, or life when they are not using it as well as they could, or when they are not using it in the right way. As God’s steward, we are accountable for all that God has given us. In the Parable of Talents, (Matt. 25:14-30), we learn that we must Use it or Lose it. We want to look at some of the Gifts that God has given us.
TIME: All have the same amount. I know, some live longer than others, but all that any of us have is NOW! How are we using the NOW that God has given. Remember the saying: Don’t waste time…that’s the stuff life is made of.”
TALENT—ABILITY: God has given Talent to all of us. He has not given us all the same talent. Nor does He consider one talent more important than the other. Neither should we. That was one of the problems in the church at Corinth (I Cor. 12:12ff). Paul used the physical body as an example of all working together and that same principle is true of our use of talents today. Don’t waste your talent by comparing it to someone else. Don’t waste it…use it.
OPPORTUNITY: What is opportunity? Do we recognize it when it comes? The point is, we all have opportunities. We know it…and we know what most of them are. Do we USE or WASTE our opportunities?
BLESSINGS: God has so richly blessed us. The great country in which we live, the Freedoms that are ours, especially our freedom to worship and serve our God. How are we using the Blessings that God has given us?
The Bible tells us of two men, one Wasted his gift by keeping it…The other wasted his gift by throwing it away. The first man ended his life “dressed in purple” and faring sumptuously every day.” He wasted what he had…not by throwing it away or by foolish spending. He “wasted” his gift by not using it in a good way. He had “It” but didn’t make good use of it. (Luke 16:19-31)
The other man, known as “the Prodigal Son”, “He wasted his substance with riotous living.” He did not appreciate the gift that was his and used it foolishly. One wasted his gift by keeping it…the other wasted his gift by throwing it away. From them we should learn: “Don’t Waste God’s Gift”.
The Greatest Gift That God Has Given, Is The Gift of Salvation. For God who loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth on him should not perish, but have eternal life (John 3:16).
Some “waste” the gift of salvation by rejecting it outright. To some the gift is like the seed that fell by the “wayside”, trodden under foot. Others “waste” the gift of eternal life by putting off their obedience.
YOUR LIFE IS A GIFT FROM GOD…HOW ARE YOU USING IT? Someone has written: “Of all sad words of tongue or pen, the saddest are these…IT MIGHT HAVE BEEN”. Don’t waste God’s Gift! Frank Briscoe