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Tough Questions

 

  1. Tough Questions
  1. Q: What do you call an alligator in a vest?
  2. A: An Investigator
  3. Q: "What's the difference between a guitar and a fish?"
    A: "You can't tuna fish."
  4. Q: What do you get from a pampered cow?
    A: Spoiled milk
  5. Q: What do you call a sleeping bull?
    A: A bulldozer!
  6. Q: What did the judge say to the dentist?
    A: Do you swear to pull the tooth, the whole tooth and nothing but the tooth.

       II.  Am I Keeping Watch for Christ?

  1. Have you personally ever considered the unexpected nature of Jesus’ Return?
  2. Read vs 42-44 Therefore, stay awake, for you do not know on what day your Lord is coming. 43 But know this, that if the master of the house had known in what part of the night the thief was coming, he would have stayed awake and would not have let his house be broken into. 44 Therefore you also must be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect.
  3. What’s the point of this image? Well clearly it’s that if you know a thief is coming to your house you’ll stay awake and keep watch over your house, loved ones and belongings.
  4. So as believers we need to stay awake and keep watch for the Return of Christ.
  5. What does that look like though?
  6. Tell story of being on high alert with impending birth of child.
  7. I’d ask Becky all the time how she felt
  8. I’d make sure my phone was with me if I wasn’t there. If I hadn’t heard from her in awhile I’d call or text her to make sure I hadn’t missed something.
  9. This understanding effected lots of stuff. It affected where I went, how I traveled, what I did. It affected my calendar, my appointments.
  10. Now I didn’t stop doing my job or living life, but I did live with the constant expectation that I might get that call and everything could change in an instant.
  11. Why did I feel that way? Because I already had such love and for this person I didn’t know yet. I just wouldn’t miss that moment for anything.
  12. Do you think about Christ’s coming like that?
  13. Do you wait with anticipation? Not out of obligation or because I told you so, but out of love! Bursting at the seems love.

 

        III. Am I Faithfully Following Christ?

  1. Read Matthew 24:45-51 “Who then is the faithful and wise servant,[c] whom his master has set over his household, to give them their food at the proper time? 46 Blessed is that servant whom his master will find so doing when he comes. 47 Truly, I say to you, he will set him over all his possessions. 48 But if that wicked servant says to himself, ‘My master is delayed,’ 49 and begins to beat his fellow servants[d] and eats and drinks with drunkards, 50 the master of that servant will come on a day when he does not expect him and at an hour he does not know 51 and will cut him in pieces and put him with the hypocrites. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.”
  2. When we read this story we have to ask, who is the faithful slave?
  3. One slave honors his master until he comes, the other basically forgets that his master is even coming.
  4. The ‘wicked slave’ dishonors his master and so is shocked by his return.
  5. As believers we must live in a state of expectation that our Master is coming again. We can’t get caught up in trivial things. We’ve got to focus on the main thing.
  6. The great American preacher Jonathan Edwards lived his life by 6 Resolutions. He would rehearse all 6 of these once a week for his entire life.
  7. Resolved, never to do anything, which I should be afraid to do, if it were the last hour of my life.
  8. Resolved, never to do anything, which I should be afraid to do, if I expected it would not be above an hour, before I should hear the last trump.
  9. Resolved, to inquire every night, as I am going to bed, wherein I have been negligent, what sin I have committed, and wherin I have denied myself; also at the end of every week, month and year.
  10. Resolved, to ask myself at the end of every day, week, month and year, wherin I could possibly in any respect have done better.
  11. Resolved, I will act so as I think I shall judge would have been best, and most prudent, when I come into the future world.
  12. Resolved, to endeavor to my utmost to act as I can think I should do, if I had already seen the happiness of heaven, and hell torments.
  13. How about you? Would you do things differently today if you knew Jesus was coming today? Would your attitude be any different? Would your schedule be any different?
  14. Will you be found loving your neighbor? Promoting unity within the body? Hating sin or holding on to it?
  15. My friends, the stakes are unbelievably high.
  16. Vs 51 “He will cut him to pieces and assign him a place with the hypocrites. In that place there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.”
  17. Those are pretty high stakes!

       IV. Am I trusting Christ?

  1. Let’s think about this parable of the virgins again in 25:1-13
  2. If we just kind of take an overview of this parable and we don’t get too bogged down in the details lets see what we know.
  3. First, obviously there was a party that was waiting for the groom to arrive
  4. The bride herself isn’t mentioned. Only the bridesmaids who were waiting for the groom in order to go with him into the wedding feast.
  5. The only thing that separates these bridesmaids is that 5 of them were prepared with oil in their lamps for when the groom came, the other 5 didn’t have any oil.
  6. The 5 who weren’t prepared were left out of the wedding party altogether.
  7. Who denied them their entrance into the party? The groom did. He said “I assure you; I do not know you.”
  8. So what’s the point? This parable speaks to those who are not prepared to persevere until Jesus comes back.
  9. They have enough oil to burn for a little bit, but not enough to persevere through the night..
  10. This reminds us of the parable of the sower. The seed that fell on rocky ground, remember it sprang up really quickly, but it had no depth of soil, so when the sun came up it was scorched or burned up.
  11. That seed wasn’t prepared. Neither were these bridesmaids.
  12. Listen carefully to what I say, the kingdom of heaven is not for those who simply respond to an invitation.
  13. All of these bridesmaids had done that. That’s why they were there in the first place.
  14. Secondly, the kingdom of heaven is not for those who simply make a confession.
  15. Each of these bridesmaids would have said that they were part of the wedding party.
  16. Each of these bridesmaids were there for a happy occasion. They weren’t indifferent. They wanted to be there.
  17. Thirdly, the kingdom of  heaven is not for those who have affection towards Jesus.
  18. Positive thoughts about Jesus aren’t enough.
  19. So who is fit for the kingdom of heaven? The kingdom of heaven is for those who endure in salvation.
  20. Look at Matt 24:9-13  “Then they will deliver you up to tribulation and put you to death, and you will be hated by all nations for my name's sake. 10 And then many will fall away[a] and betray one another and hate one another. 11 And many false prophets will arise and lead many astray. 12 And because lawlessness will be increased, the love of many will grow cold. 13 But the one who endures to the end will be saved.”
  21. Some folks will look like believers,  they may respond to an invitation, they may identify themselves as believers, they may have affection for Jesus, but they will not endure to the end.
  22. We see this everyday, people call themselves Christians for something that had happened in their past, but they aren’t trusting in Christ today.
  23. You see, the issue is not what did you do a long time ago, the issue is right now, in your heart, in the midst of your trial, are you trusting in Christ at this moment.
  24. Are you trusting in Christ today? At this moment? Or is your heart far from Him?

       V. Am I serving Christ with what has been given to me?

  1. Fourth major question comes in verses 13-30 of Matthew 25.
  2. We don’t have time to read this entire parable today, we’ll look at it again next week.
  3. Basically, you have a man going on a journey, he’s getting ready for the trip and he calls his servants who were going to watch after his affairs while he was gone.
  4. It says that he gave each servant according to his ability. He gave 5 to one, 2 to one, and 1 to one.
  5. Now, a talent is a lot of money. 5 talents would make you a multi-millionaire in today’s economy.

One talent is approximately 20 yrs wages.

  1. Now the one with 5 made 5 more, the one with 2 made 2 more, the one with 1, buried his talent and did nothing with it.
  2. The Master comes and they present to their Master what they done with what they’d been given.
  3. When the 1 with one talent presents his, this is what the Master says in verses 26-30.

‘But his master answered him, ‘You wicked and slothful servant! You knew that I reap where I have not sown and gather where I scattered no seed? 27 Then you ought to have invested my money with the bankers, and at my coming I should have received what was my own with interest. 28 So take the talent from him and give it to him who has the ten talents. 29 For to everyone who has will more be given, and he will have an abundance. But from the one who has not, even what he has will be taken away. 30 And cast the worthless servant into the outer darkness. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’

  1. So, this parable goes beyond watching and waiting all the way to working until Jesus returns.
  2. DA Carson puts it this way “It is not enough for Jesus’ followers to ‘hang in there’ and wait for the end. They must see themselves as servants…who improve what their Master entrusts to them. Failure to do so proves they cannot really be valued as disciples at all.”
  3. Jesus has given each and every one of us talents. Today our talents are not just money, although it could be, it’s spiritual gifts.  In order to be useful to Him, you’ve got to use your gifts.
  4. What if you placed a monetary value on your talent? What if the gift of mercy was worth 1 million bucks.
  5. Then what would Jesus be saying? I am your Master, who has given you 1 million bucks. You are a steward of that money. So work diligently to honor Me by maximizing that 1 million bucks.
  6. Now this isn’t an employer/ employee relationship. We don’t serve God out of fear of losing our jobs. Nor is our service just a job. We CARE
  7. Look how joyous the first servant is “Look, I’ve earned 5 more talents!!”
  8. What if it said ‘His eyes were sparkling. He is just bubbling over with enthusiasm., is thrilled as invites His Master to start counting.”
  9. Then His Master says to him, Well done, good and faithful servant!... Share your Master’s joy.”
  10. It might be like “way to go! You are awesome! I’m so excited for what you’ve done! Man, you’re great !!”
  11. See there is a deep relationship between the Master and his servant. And God wants you to have that with Him too! He designed it that way.
  12. So, are you using your talents for your Master?

We’ll look at the next question next Sunday.  Will you be commended for your Love?

Conclusion

The Olympic Games, Mexico, 1968. The marathon is the final event on the program. The Olympic stadium is packed and there is excitement as the first athlete, an Ethiopian runner, enters the stadium. The crowd erupts as he crosses the finish line.

Way back in the field is another runner, John Stephen Akwhari of Tanzania. He has been eclipsed by the other runners. After 30 kilometers his head is throbbing, his muscles are aching and he falls to the ground. He has serious leg injuries and officials want him to retire, but he refuses. With his knee bandaged Akwhari picks himself up and hobbles the remaining 12 kilometers to the finish line. An hour after the winner has finished Akwhari enters the stadium. All but a few thousand of the crowd have gone home. Akwhari moves around the track at a painstakingly slow pace, until finally he collapses over the finish line.

It is one of the most heroic efforts of Olympic history. Afterward, asked by a reporter why he had not dropped out, Akwhari says, “My country did not send me to start the race. They sent me to finish.”