Be Faithful According to Your Abilities

Delivered By
Brad Eaton
Delivered On
August 20, 2023 at 10:45 AM
Central Passage
Matthew 25:14-30

Be Faithful According to Your Abilities

Matthew 25:14-30

  • Be Faithful According to Your Abilities (Matt 25:14-18)
  • Receive the Reward Based on Your Faithfulness (Matt 25:19-23)
  • Don't be a Good-For-Nothing "Christian" (Matt 25:24-30)

Central Illustration

Imagine there are 3 chefs with the following characteristics, background, and resources. What would you expect with each one? Well, God expects us to simply be faithful given the time, talents, and treasures He has given us. We all get the same reward if we are all equally faithful.

Chef 1

  • Person: 20+ year veteran chef at an upscale restaurant in NYC with training at the Culinary Institute of America, 
  • Food: unlimited ribeye steak, lobster, all the seasonings, sides, and accoutrements
  • Equipment: fully-loaded commercial kitchen, helpers, etc.
  • Expectation: Perfection, ability to serve an army the best meal of their lives

Chef 2

  • Person: Italian born / raised homemaker
  • Food: ground beef, Italian seasoning, tomato sauce, and pasta, and other seasonings
  • Equipment: at-home kitchen
  • Expectation: A great spaghetti & meatballs meal for 30-40 people

Chef 3

  • Person: A random person who was given a recipe book
  • Food: flour, corn starch, sugar, baking soda, baking powder, salt, buttermilk, vegetable oil, egg, vanilla, butter, maple syrup
  • Equipment: mixing bowl, frying pan, one portable propane burner, and serving / mixing utensils
  • Expectation: A few awesome pancakes for a few awesome people