The Work to Do While The Master is Away | Luke 19:11-27

The Work to Do While The Master is Away | Luke 19:11-27

Lords Prayer

Before we begin today’s sermon would you join me in praying the words our Lord taught us to pray?

Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. 
Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done
in earth, as it is in heaven. 
Give us this day our daily bread. 
And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. 
And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: Amen

Introduction

Please stand for the reading of God’s Word.

Luke 19:11-27 ESV  As they heard these things, he proceeded to tell a parable, because he was near to Jerusalem, and because they supposed that the kingdom of God was to appear immediately.  (12)  He said therefore, “A nobleman went into a far country to receive for himself a kingdom and then return.  (13)  Calling ten of his servants, he gave them ten minas, and said to them, ‘Engage in business until I come.’  (14)  But his citizens hated him and sent a delegation after him, saying, ‘We do not want this man to reign over us.’  (15)  When he returned, having received the kingdom, he ordered these servants to whom he had given the money to be called to him, that he might know what they had gained by doing business.  (16)  The first came before him, saying, ‘Lord, your mina has made ten minas more.’  (17)  And he said to him, ‘Well done, good servant! Because you have been faithful in a very little, you shall have authority over ten cities.’  (18)  And the second came, saying, ‘Lord, your mina has made five minas.’  (19)  And he said to him, ‘And you are to be over five cities.’  (20)  Then another came, saying, ‘Lord, here is your mina, which I kept laid away in a handkerchief;  (21)  for I was afraid of you, because you are a severe man. You take what you did not deposit, and reap what you did not sow.’  (22)  He said to him, ‘I will condemn you with your own words, you wicked servant! You knew that I was a severe man, taking what I did not deposit and reaping what I did not sow?  (23)  Why then did you not put my money in the bank, and at my coming I might have collected it with interest?’  (24)  And he said to those who stood by, ‘Take the mina from him, and give it to the one who has the ten minas.’  (25)  And they said to him, ‘Lord, he has ten minas!’  (26)  ‘I tell you that to everyone who has, more will be given, but from the one who has not, even what he has will be taken away.  (27)  But as for these enemies of mine, who did not want me to reign over them, bring them here and slaughter them before me.’”

You may be seated

  • Before we get into the meat of today’s scripture, the parable of the 10 Minas, lets first talk about it’s purpose… Why did Jesus even tell this story? We are told the answer to this question right away, right out of the gate,

Luke 19:11 ESV  As they heard these things, he proceeded to tell a parable, because he was near to Jerusalem, and because they supposed that the kingdom of God was to appear immediately. 

  • So here’s what’s going on, during this time in history everyone is expecting the coming messiah, the coming King.
    • The Pharisees who rejected Jesus expect the Kingdom now, and so do the disciples… we talked about this in a Sermon from chapter 17 called “The Kingdom Now and Later”.
  • Now the Pharisees had rejected Christ as the Messiah, but the Disciples rightfully believed He was the Savior sent from God.
    • And now as they, with Jesus, approach Jerusalem, they think it must be time for Jesus to clothe Himself in Glory and take the throne.
      • They though that surely Jerusalem must be the seat of the Kingdom of God and that Jesus was finally ready to get rid of all evil and usher in an eternal era of peace.
      • And what all of this shows us is that… well… good mean are still subject to making mistakes… good men are still capable of operating in ignorance.
        • Because Jesus had told them many times that there was a kingdom that was to come in the future.
        • Jesus had told them that He must die and rise again.
        • The prophecies in the Old Testament show two comings of the messiah, and that the first coming would end with His death and resurrection.
      • Yet the disciples missed all of this, sometimes it was even hidden from them by God, and they STILL assumed that NOW was the time for Jesus to take the throne on earth, and that this throne would be located in Jerusalem.
  • So once again Jesus takes this opportunity to explain “Listen! I am going away for a time, but I AM COMING BACK!”
    • And He uses this parable to explain what we as Christians need to be doing while He is “away”.

Show Title Slide

  • The Work to Do While the Master is Away.
    • Because we know the end of this story.
      • Jesus goes to Jerusalem.
      • He is betrayed by Judas.
      • He is hung on a cross.
      • He dies and is buried.
      • And on the Third day He rises from the grave!
      • He Shows himself to the disciples and to thousands of others.
      • Then He gives us the great commission and ascends into Heaven.
      • He now sits at the right hand of the father interceding for us.
      • And one day He will come back to usher in an eternity of peace and God’s glory.
  • And so where do we exist in this timeline, we exist in the time between His resurrection and His return, and we have work to do. Work to do while the master is away.
  • That is what this parable is all about, what we should be doing while Christ is away and what he expects from us.

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Point One – We Must Multiply What God Has Given To Us

Luke 19:12-22 ESV  He said therefore, “A nobleman went into a far country to receive for himself a kingdom and then return.  (13)  Calling ten of his servants, he gave them ten minas, and said to them, ‘Engage in business until I come.’  (14)  But his citizens hated him and sent a delegation after him, saying, ‘We do not want this man to reign over us.’  (15)  When he returned, having received the kingdom, he ordered these servants to whom he had given the money to be called to him, that he might know what they had gained by doing business.  (16)  The first came before him, saying, ‘Lord, your mina has made ten minas more.’  (17)  And he said to him, ‘Well done, good servant! Because you have been faithful in a very little, you shall have authority over ten cities.’  (18)  And the second came, saying, ‘Lord, your mina has made five minas.’  (19)  And he said to him, ‘And you are to be over five cities.’  (20)  Then another came, saying, ‘Lord, here is your mina, which I kept laid away in a handkerchief;  (21)  for I was afraid of you, because you are a severe man. You take what you did not deposit, and reap what you did not sow.’  (22)  He said to him, ‘I will condemn you with your own words, you wicked servant! You knew that I was a severe man, taking what I did not deposit and reaping what I did not sow?

  • So to recap, the master of these servants went away and gave them each a sum of money.
    • There is some debate about how much a Mina was worth, so I won’t get into that, but we know it was less than a Talent, so let’s just call it 100 bucks.
    • So The master gives each of His servants 100 bucks, then He goes away for a while and then comes back.
    • One Servant dectupled the mina, he made 10 times as much money for the master! And the master was happy.
    • Another servant quintupled the mina, meaning he made 5 times as much as he was given for his master, and the master was happy.
    • A third servant made no money for the master and the master was furious… even though that servant kept what was given to him, he did nothing with it, and the master rebuked him.
  • So, what does this mean for all of us?
    • It means that God gives us gifts to use while we are here on earth waiting for his return.
    • And it means that God wants us to… that God EXPECTS us to multiply those gifts that He has given us.

James 1:17 ESV  Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change.

  • God gives us perfect gifts doesn’t He?
    • Has God given you gifts?
    • Has God given you blessings?
    • Can I hear an amen if God has given you something good?!
      • Praise God, now the question is, how are you using those gifts?

1 Peter 4:10 ESV  As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace:

  • But what kind of gifts pastor… I mean I hear what you are laying down… but what are we realy talking about here?
  • Well let me be specific, how about the best Gift Jesus ever gave you. What’s the best gift Jesus gave you?
    • Salvation!

Romans 6:23 ESV  For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

  • If you are saved then you have the best gift that Jesus could ever give you!
    • If you are not saved, Jesus is offering you this gift today! Amen?! We will get to that at the end of the sermon.
  • But if you are saved then God has given you something far more valuable then a mina of silver, regardless of how much that silver is worth.
    • So my question to you is this: HAVE YOU MULITPLIED IT?
    • Have you multiplied the gift that Jesus has given you?
    • How many people have you lead to Christ?
      • How many people have you had a hand in leading to Christ.
      • Maybe you aren’t the one to pray with them, but you are the one to pick them up and bring them to church or Bible study.
      • Maybe you give them an invite card.
      • Maybe you serve on the greeting team and greet them and make them feel loved.
      • Maybe you do street evangelism.
      • Maybe you preach the gospel to family and friends.
      • Maybe you have a prayer closet and you pray for people by name to be saved and come to the Lord…
    • BUT I HOPE YOU ARE DOING SOMETHING TO LEAD PEOPLE TO CHRIST, LEAST CHRIST RETURN AND BE ANGRY WITH YOU AND REBUKE YOU!
  • If you are saved and never lead anyone, or help anyone be lead to Christ in your years here on earth then those years WERE WASTED!
    • But Pastor I glorified God and Worshiped Him!
      • Good! But you can do that in heaven! What are you using your time here on earth for… because one thing you can’t do in heaven in evangelize!
  • But not just salvation… EVERY GOOD AND PERFECT GIFT we should be multiplying for His Kingdom.
    • When God gives you a financial blessing do you use it for His glory or spend it all selfishly?
    • When God gives you a job do you use it to advance his kingdom?
    • When God gives you a home do you use it for His glory?
  • And this isn’t even hard guys, God makes it easy.
    • God gave us this building, amen?
    • A month latter a Pastor is at my door who needs a place for Sunday evening services.
      • The Holy Spirit stirs in me saying this is a brother in Christ.
      • So all I have to do is obey Christ and say yes, or be selfish and say no.
    • And by saying “yes” church, you know what we have done? We have DOUBLED the amount of Christians giving glory to God in this place.
      • We doubled the amount of Baptisims happening in this place… actually more than that, they baptized 7 people last week! Praise God.
    • We doubled the languages that the Bible is being preached in this place.
    • God gave us a Mina and we doubled it! HALLELUJAH, and it was as easy as saying YES to God!
  • NOW THAT BRINGS ME TO POINT TWO… PASSIVITY HAS NO PLACE IN THE KINGDOM OF GOD!!!

Point Two – Passivity Has No Place in the Kingdom Of God

Luke 19:20-23 ESV  Then another came, saying, ‘Lord, here is your mina, which I kept laid away in a handkerchief;  (21)  for I was afraid of you, because you are a severe man. You take what you did not deposit, and reap what you did not sow.’  (22)  He said to him, ‘I will condemn you with your own words, you wicked servant! You knew that I was a severe man, taking what I did not deposit and reaping what I did not sow?  (23)  Why then did you not put my money in the bank, and at my coming I might have collected it with interest?’

  • The one servant who was passive… the one servant who did NOTHING with what the master gave him… the master calls a “Wicked Servant”.
  • You know what I want to hear the moment I wake up in heaven? I want to hear this:

Matthew 25:21b ESV  … ‘Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master.’

  • That’s what I want to hear! Well done my good and faithful servant!”
    • Not “You wicked servant”… Oh Lord let me never be known as your wicked servant!
      • Let that never be a title I carry!
      • Let that never be a title that anyone in our church carries!
  • But if we are going to be a church that is greeted with “Well done my good and faithful servants” then we HAVE to be rejecting passivity on a daily biases and striving to serve God and seek and save the lost.
  • But so many people in the American church are just content…
    • They are content being passive.
    • They are content going to church when it is convenient for their schedule.
    • They are content sitting in the back or the church.
    • Sitting on the bench for the team.
    • Serving in the reserves instead of the front line.
    • Sleeping in instead of showing out.
    • Walking instead of running.
    • Watching instead of fighting.
    • Experiencing instead of worshiping.
    • Simply BEING a Christian instead of DOING the will of Christ.
      • And I am sad to say that most people in America who call themselves Christians will NOT be greeted with “Well done” but will be greeted with “You wicked servant!”
    • And I don’t want that to be our church. I don’t want that to be our story.
      • I don’t want that for you, or your family.
      • I don’t want that for this city or even for our nation.
      • And I certainly don’t want that for this world we live in…
    • But the only way we will have any impact on the passive Christian culture is if we are willing to start RIGHT HERE!
  • And plus, let’s just be selfish for a minute… let’s just be self centered for a moment… if you chose a passive lifestyle you are choosing a life of curses, but if you chose an active lifestyle you are choosing a life of blessing….
    • SO HONESTLY THE SMART THING FOR THE SELFISH PERSON TO DO IS TO SERVE SELFLESSLY!
      • Think about that for a second.
    • The smartest thing for a selfish person to do is serve selflessly!
  • Because it is the hardworking servants who get the blessings and the lazy passive servant who get’s the curses.

Luke 19:22-26 ESV  He said to him, ‘I will condemn you with your own words, you wicked servant! You knew that I was a severe man, taking what I did not deposit and reaping what I did not sow?  (23)  Why then did you not put my money in the bank, and at my coming I might have collected it with interest?’  (24)  And he said to those who stood by, ‘Take the mina from him, and give it to the one who has the ten minas.’  (25)  And they said to him, ‘Lord, he has ten minas!’  (26)  ‘I tell you that to everyone who has, more will be given, but from the one who has not, even what he has will be taken away.

Conclusion

To conclude let’s end where we started…

Luke 19:11 ESV  As they heard these things, he proceeded to tell a parable, because he was near to Jerusalem, and because they supposed that the kingdom of God was to appear immediately.

  • The kingdom of God did not come immediately…
    • And it may not come in our lifetime.
    • We are given this time, the time after we are born again, to fulfil the great commission. To make disciples of all nations.
    • Are you using your time well?

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  • Gospel Call

Aaronic Blessing


יאר יהוה פניו אליך ויחנך
ישא יהוה פניו אליך וישם לך שׁלום

“May the LORD bless you and keep you;
May the LORD shine his face upon you and be gracious to you;
May the LORD lift up his face upon you and give you his peace.”

You are dismissed from this place but not from His Presence

ye·va·re’·khe·kha’ · Adonai · ve·yeesh’·me·re’·kha

ya·eir · Adonai · pa·nav · e·ley’·kha · vee·khoon·ne’·kah

ees·sa · Adonai · pa·nav · e·ley’·kha · ve·ya·seim · le·kha · sha·lom


“May the LORD bless you and keep you;
May the LORD shine his face upon you and be gracious to you;
May the LORD lift up his face upon you and give you his peace.”

You are dismissed from this place but not from His Presence

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