It’s Go Time! | Part 5: Opportunity Lessons!
July 11, 2021
Matthew 25:14-18 (NLT)
The Kingdom of Heaven can be illustrated by the story of a man going on a long trip. He called together his servants and entrusted his money to them while he was gone.15 He gave five bags of silver to one, two bags of silver to another, and one bag of silver to the last—dividing it in proportion to their abilities. He then left on his trip.
16 The servant who received the five bags of silver began to invest the money and earned five more. 17 The servant with two bags of silver also went to work and earned two more. 18 But the servant who received the one bag of silver dug a hole in the ground and hid the master’s money.
Opportunity Lesson #1:
God is an incredibly generous opportunity !
Romans 5:5 (MSG)
We can’t round up enough containers to hold everything God generously pours into our lives through the Holy Spirit!
2 Corinthians 9:8 (NLT)
God will generously provide all you need. Then you will always have everything you need and plenty left over to share with others.
2 Corinthians 9:8 (MSG)
God can pour on the blessings in astonishing ways so that you’re ready for anything and everything … to do what needs to be done.
Psalm 103:2-5 (MSG)
O my soul, bless GOD, don’t forget a single blessing! 3 He forgives your sins—every one. He heals your diseases—every one. 4 He redeems you from hell—saves your life! He crowns you with love and mercy—a paradise crown. 5 He wraps you in goodness—beauty eternal. He renews your youth—you’re always young in his presence.
“God has blessed me with” —
2 Corinthians 5:17 (MSG)
Anyone united with the Messiah gets a fresh start, is created new. The old life is gone; a new life burgeons! Look at it!
Opportunity Lesson #2:
Successful opportunists take !
Don’t-dare-miss-it people are -based!
1 Corinthians 10:12 (MSG)
Forget about self-confidence; it’s useless. Cultivate God-confidence.
Philippians 4:13 (TLB) —
I can do everything God asks me to with the help of Christ who gives me the strength and power.
Matthew 25:16-17 (NIV) —
The man who had received five bags of gold went at once and put his money to work and gained five bags more. 17 So also, the one with two bags of gold gained two more.
Don’t-dare-try-it people are -based!
Matthew 25:24-25 (NLT) —
The servant with the one bag of silver (one talent) said, “Master, I knew you were a harsh man, harvesting crops you didn’t plant and gathering crops you didn’t cultivate. 25 I was afraid I would lose your money, so I hid it in the earth. Look, here is your money back.”
Nehemiah 2:2-3 (NIV)
The king asked me, “Why does your face look so sad when you are not ill? This can be nothing but sadness of heart.” I was very much afraid, 3 but I said to the king, “May the king live forever! Why should my face not look sad when the city where my ancestors are buried lies in ruins, and its gates have been destroyed by fire?”
Opportunity Lesson #3:
We are all opportunity !
Matthew 25:19 (NLT)
After a long time their master returned from his trip and called them to give an account of how they had used his money.
Matthew 25:23 (NLT)
The master said, “Well done, my good and faithful servant. You have been faithful in handling this small amount, so now I will give you many more responsibilities. Let’s celebrate together!”
Matthew 25:28-29 (NLT)
(The Master ordered), “Take the money from this servant, and give it to the one with the ten bags of silver. 29 To those who use well what they are given, even more will be given, and they will have an abundance. But from those who do nothing, even what little they have will be taken away.