USE WHAT YOU HAVE GOT
It may seem little and not a lot, but “USE WHAT YOU HAVE GOT.”
God gave it to you to profit thereby so “USE WHAT YOU HAVE GOT”.
It might be small and seem like nothing at all, but remember little is much when you “USE WHAT YOU HAVE GOT”.
Whatever natural talent and spiritual gift use it to the glory of God.
14. For the kingdom of heaven is as a (GOD) man travelling into a far country, who called his (CREATION) own servants, and delivered unto them his (CHRIST) goods. And all that CHRIST represented.
15. And unto one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one; to every man according to his several ability; and straightway took his journey.
16. Then he that had received the five talents (STRAIGHTWAY) went and traded with the same, and made them other five talents.
1 Corinthians 12
word of wisdom; to another the word of knowledge by the same Spirit;
9. To another faith by the same Spirit; to another the gifts of healing by the same Spirit; 10. To another the working of miracles; to another prophecy; to another discerning of spirits; to another divers kinds of tongues; to another the interpretation of tongues: 11. But all these worketh that one and the selfsame Spirit, dividing to every man severally as he will.
17. And likewise he that had received two, he also gained other two.
18. But he that had received one went and digged in the earth, and hid his lord's money. 19. After a long time the lord of those servants cometh, and reckoneth with them. 20. And so he that had received five talents came and brought other five talents, saying, Lord, thou deliveredst unto me five talents: behold, I have gained beside them five talents more. 21. His lord said unto him, Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.
22. He also that had received two talents came and said, Lord, thou deliveredst unto me two talents: behold, I have gained two other talents beside them.
23. His lord said unto him, Well done, good and faithful servant; thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.
Gal 5: 22. But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, 23. Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.
24. Then he which had received the one talent came and said, Lord, I knew thee that thou art an hard man, reaping where thou hast not sown, and gathering where thou hast not strawed: 25. And I was afraid, and went and hid thy talent in the earth: lo, there thou hast that is thine.
Note: The first misconception of God’s character; that He is hard upon us and demands more than is reasonable. The second is the evil spirit that grudges the labor and sacrifice which He asks us. When these two exist, there is always fear and the burying of your talent. The servant has no love for the work entrusted to him; he cares little whether it succeeds or not; all that he cares about is that he may be able to say “Don’t blame me.”
26. His lord answered and said unto him, Thou wicked and slothful servant, thou knewest that I reap where I sowed not, and gather where I have not strawed:
27. Thou oughtest therefore to have put my money to the exchangers, and then at my coming I should have received mine own with usury.
28. Take therefore the talent from him, and give it unto him which hath ten talents.
Note: This is the best and most competent servant who has to do the work that another has neglected and refused, but he receives the additional spiritual gift to perform it.
29. For unto every one that hath shall be given, and he shall have abundance: but from him that hath not shall be taken away even that which he hath.
30. And cast ye the unprofitable servant into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
34. Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world:
1 Corinthians 13
1. Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal.
2. And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing.
3. And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing.
4. Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up,
5. Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil;
6. Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth;
7. Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.
8. Charity never faileth: but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away.
11. When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things.
All because I have learn through Christ Jesus the capability to love and can“USE WHAT YOU HAVE GOT” to profit me and you and the kingdom of God..
If you want God to say, “well done my good and faithful servant” take what He has given and put it to the best use you know how.
Preached by: Rev. Sylvester Williams, Jr.
I.C.U., Ministries, Inc.
October 19, 2008