How can we live free of regret and free of the fear of failure? The fear of failure is not new. It’s been around for ages. In fact, Jesus told a story about it in Luke 19 about a nobleman and his ten servants. The nobleman divided ten pounds of silver among them and said, “Invest this for me while I am gone.” From this parable, we learn that the biggest risk in life is doing nothing.

THE END OF REGRET

Message by Tom Fenske – August 30, 2015

LUKE 19:11-27

The crowd was listening to everything Jesus said. And because he was nearing Jerusalem, he told them a story to correct the impression that the Kingdom of God would begin right away. He said, “A nobleman was called away to a distant empire to be crowned king and then return. Before he left, he called together ten of his servants and divided among them ten pounds of silver, saying, ‘Invest this for me while I am gone.’ But his people hated him and sent a delegation after him to say, ‘We do not want him to be our king.’

“After he was crowned king, he returned and called in the servants to whom he had given the money. He wanted to find out what their profits were. The first servant reported, ‘Master, I invested your money and made ten times the original amount!’

“‘Well done!’ the king exclaimed. ‘You are a good servant. You have been faithful with the little I entrusted to you, so you will be governor of ten cities as your reward.’

“The next servant reported, ‘Master, I invested your money and made five times the original amount.’

“‘Well done!’ the king said. ‘You will be governor over five cities.’

“But the third servant brought back only the original amount of money and said, ‘Master, I hid your money and kept it safe. I was afraid because you are a hard man to deal with, taking what isn’t yours and harvesting crops you didn’t plant.’

“‘You wicked servant!’ the king roared. ‘Your own words condemn you. If you knew that I’m a hard man who takes what isn’t mine and harvests crops I didn’t plant, why didn’t you deposit my money in the bank? At least I could have gotten some interest on it.’

“Then, turning to the others standing nearby, the king ordered, ‘Take the money from this servant, and give it to the one who has ten pounds.’

“‘But, master,’ they said, ‘he already has ten pounds!’

“‘Yes,’ the king replied, ‘and to those who use well what they are given, even more will be given. But from those who do nothing, even what little they have will be taken away. And as for these enemies of mine who didn’t want me to be their king—bring them in and execute them right here in front of me.’”

THE BIGGEST RISK IS DOING NOTHING

5 QUALITIES OF RISK TAKERS

1. A KNOWLEDGE OF THEIR GIFTS

Ephesians 4:7 However, he has given each one of us a special gift through the generosity of Christ.

2. A WILLINGNESS TO FAIL

2 Timothy 1:7 For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline.

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3. A HOPE OF A GOOD OUTCOME

Proverbs 10:24 The fears of the wicked will be fulfilled; the hopes of the godly will be granted.

4. AN ABILITY TO BE LED

Galatians 5:25 Since we are living by the Spirit, let us follow the Spirit’s leading in every part of our lives.

5. A SENSE OF THE BIG PICTURE

1 Corinthians 13:11-13 When I was a child, I spoke and thought and reasoned as a child. But when I grew up, I put away childish things. Now we see things imperfectly, like puzzling reflections in a mirror, but then we will see everything with perfect clarity. All that I know now is partial and incomplete, but then I will know everything completely, just as God now knows me completely. Three things will last forever—faith, hope, and love—and the greatest of these is love.

CONCLUSION

1 Peter 4:10 God has given each of you a gift from his great variety of spiritual gifts. Use them well to serve one another.

GOD HAS INVESTED HIS GRACE IN US

 

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