The Chance of a Lifetime

There is an old tendency in human beings to think we can worm our way out of the consequences of our actions.  If you’ve ever tried to finesse a police officer out of a traffic ticket, you know.  This tendency starts very early in life. 

At dinner one night one of our children was being very squirrelly—clearly headed for trouble.  We issued a warning: “Settle down or there will be serious consequences.”  Then there was a spill—of Exxon Valdez proportions.  Just as we were about to administer the consequences, the child, with a gleam in the eyes, pulled a dollar out of a pocket and said, “Maybe Mr. Washington can change your mind!”

There is One before whom we will all stand, every one of us.  This One is loving and holy and gracious and just, and he intends for us to understand that we really will give an account of our lives.  We will not be able to finesse our way around his throne.  Mr. Washington will not change his mind.

To reinforce this truth, Jesus tells a story of Three servants in Matt. 25:14-30.  And I find 3 things that run through this story that teach us important truths about our Father.

1. Lesson One, is that our Father is an amazingly generous father.  In Jesus’ story, the lord of the gift gave a chance of a lifetime.  The first servant recognized that, and went away at once to make good on his gift.

Its important to note that there are no “no-talent” people in this parable.  There are people with varying numbers of talents, but there are no ‘no-talent” people.  Just like there are no “no-talent” people reading this page right now.  The truth is that the master has been very generous with us.  He has entrusted his property to us, He has given us money, possessions, time, and abilities. 

The Lord of the talent has given us the chance of a lifetime.  And he wonders, what are we going to do?

2. The second lesson in this story is the lesson of Accountability.  It is quite clear that the lord of the talent, although he has gone away for a long time, is coming back.  The master in this story takes the settling of accounts with dead seriousness.

And Jesus is clear.  What you do with your life and resources matters to him.  It matters to the world that desperately needs what the Lord of the talents offers.  Jesus doesn’t want us to get to the end of our life and know the profound regret of missing the chance of a lifetime.

3. Finally, the last lesson, the lord that is generous, the lord of accountability, is also the lord of the lavish reward.  When the master in the story returns he says those wonderful words, “well done, good and faithful servant.  “In the book of Revelation, Christ says it this way:  “To the one who overcomes….” (that is, to every trustworthy servant)”….I will give a place with me on my throne”  Rev. 3:21

Imagine yourself sitting with Christ on his throne.  Imagine, if you can, reigning with him, Partnering with him in his eternal work.  Imagine fulfilling your ultimate assignment—the purpose for which you were created. 

If we are faithful now, when the Lord of the gift (talent) returns, we surely will.

Pastor Charlie Dial