Time, Talent, Treasure, Trust, what are we doing with ours?

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2 Timothy 4

For I am already being poured out as a drink offering, and the time of my departure is at hand. I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Finally, there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will give to me on that Day, and not to me only but also to all who have loved His appearing.

God gives each of a measure of life. He alone knows when we will be born and when we will die. Along with our lives, God gives each of us the four T’s in different measures.

We all have:

  1. Time – v.6 “the time of my departure is at hand.”
    1. The amount of time we have is the amount of time we are accountable to God for.
    2. This is a measurable amount though we do not know the measure. Some live longer, some not very long at all. The amount of time we have is all that we have.
    3. Matthew 20:1-16 The laborers in the vineyard were called to work for the master with the amount of time that they were in the vineyard.

 

  1. Talents – v.7 “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.”
    1. Each of us have different abilities from birth.       All of these abilities need to be developed and matured until we can use them fully for God’s glory. Hebrews 12:1 We each are assigned a race that we are to run. You cannot run any race except the one God has given you.
    2. God gives us abilities and then tells us to develop and use them until He comes.   Matthew 25:14-30 Each servant was given different amounts of money to invest according to his own ability.

 

  1. Treasures – v.8 “Finally, there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will give to me on that Day”
    1. Most of us do not have treasures of gold hidden in a vault.
    2. All of us have treasures that we place value in.
    3. Jesus calls us to seek, as our priority, as our treasure, His kingdom and His glory. Matthew 13:44-46 – Jesus is the pearl of great price, our greatest Treasure.

 

  1. Trust – v.8 “not to me only but also to all who have loved His appearing.”
    1. This might be the most difficult of the T’s.
    2. Trust is based on previous experience. The disciples were afraid of the storm based on being in previous storms. But they had never had Jesus in the boat with them before.
    3. When we feel we have been mistreated trust becomes difficult. Mary and Martha were disappointed that Jesus let their brother die. They both corrected him when he arrived.
    4. Whatever God brings into our lives, He brings it for our good and for His glory. Romans 8:28 & 32, Luke 15:11-21 – The prodigal son trusted that his father would receive him.

 

As the church of the redeemed, we live in two worlds. We have one foot in this life and one foot in eternity. We receive stimulus from both worlds and decide which to follow more intensely. In his final words of this life, Paul looks back and looks ahead. We must ask ourselves how we are doing with all that God has given us. When we, like Paul, look back and look ahead, what will we see, what will we say? Let live in such a way that we too will love the literal appearing of Christ, whether here or in eternity.

The three weeks of Christmas and New Years have given me more wonderful opportunities to preach God’s goodness and grace as well as His plans for us. I apologize for not keeping up with these devotionals, but my days have been filled with preparations for speaking as well as for a class I am taking next week. Today’s devotional was yesterday’s message at JIBC. One of our members asked if I would preach these four T’s as he was preparing the song service and wanted to incorporate them into the whole service. We are thankful God who uses us as His ministers of His truths.

We have had several people that we met in 2019 and have sought to spend time with them for Christ’s sake. Pray that in 2020, as we continue cultivating these friendships, that we would see some come to Christ. We realize that the harvest here is plenteous. Pray with us for a harvest of souls.

Have a great day in the Lord,

PS

 

 

One thought on “Time, Talent, Treasure, Trust, what are we doing with ours?

    Bonnie Roberts said:
    December 29, 2019 at 11:37 pm

    Pastor Steve, this is Fred. Have just read this posting on Bonnie’s phone. I have been praying and experiencing thoughts asking how the Lord wants me to serve Him going forward. It has seemed somewhat premature as I am still grieving the loss of Bonnie. Yet I was compelled to read your message which challenges me with this precise subject.

    I had committed to myself that I would do absolutely nothing for some time except to be thankful for the life we had together, that she is free of the pain and agony and suffering, and is now wrapped in the Love and Glory of Jesus, and give myself plenty of time work through my human grief and, as a practical matter, sort through all the things in this house and find a new home for most of it while I still am able. I figured this would take at least a year with the help of our families.

    I guess I am going to be integrating my purpose going forward into all of this.

    I have meet with Rev. Dennis Webb since the funeral and will continue with this, too.

    About 90% of my past activity and time is suddenly free from the support and responsibility and human company I had with Bonnie. I did not realize how tired I have become over the past eight years, and especially the past three years. So I know I also need to take care of myself and not push myself at this time – but the message is clear, I must be in service of our Lord in some way that is consistent with the talents He has given me, in whatever time I have left, always trusting Him and seeking His Kingdom.

    Hope you and your family are OK. I enjoy the Facebook posts. Maybe you could put me on your distribution email list.

    Steven is a blessing to have in his directing leadership position as well as his friendship to all.

    Bonnie Klee Roberts, Conductor Naperville Men’s Glee Club Voices of Hope

    Sent from my iPhone

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