A Sundial in the Shade Matthew 25: 14-30 (NIV)

14 “Again, it will be like a man going on
a journey, who called his servants and
entrusted his wealth to them.
15 To one he gave five bags of gold, to another
two bags, and to another one bag, each
according to his ability. Then he went on his
journey.
16 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.
18 But the man who had received one bag
went off, dug a hole in the ground and hid
his master’s money.
19 “After a long time the master of those
servants returned and settled accounts with
them.
20 The man who had received five bags of gold
brought the other five. ‘Master,’ he said, ‘you
entrusted me with five bags of gold. See, I
have gained five more.’
21 “His master replied, ‘Well done, good and
faithful servant! You have been faithful
with a few things; I will put you in charge of
many things. Come and share your master’s
happiness!’
22 “The man with two bags of gold also came.
‘Master,’ he said, ‘you entrusted me with two
bags of gold; see, I have gained two more.’
23 “His master replied, ‘Well done, good and
faithful servant! You have been faithful
with a few things; I will put you in charge of
many things. Come and share your master’s
happiness!’
24 “Then the man who had received one bag
of gold came. ‘Master,’ he said, ‘I knew that
you are a hard man, harvesting where you
have not sown and gathering where you
have not scattered seed.
25 So I was afraid and went out and hid your
gold in the ground. See, here is what belongs
to you.’
26 “His master replied, ‘You wicked, lazy servant!
So you knew that I harvest where I have not
sown and gather where I have not scattered
seed?
27 Well then, you should have put my money
on deposit with the bankers, so that when I
returned I would have received it back with
interest.
28 “‘So take the bag of gold from him and give
it to the one who has ten bags.
29 For whoever has will be given more, and they
will have an abundance. Whoever does not
have, even what they have will be taken from
them.
30 And throw that worthless servant outside, into
the darkness, where there will be weeping
and gnashing of teeth.’
“Them that’s got shall have, them that’s not shall
lose; So the Bible says, and it still is news…”
…from “God Bless the Child”,
1939, Billie Holiday and Arthur Herzog
Matthew 25:29 RSV — For to every one who has
will more be given, and he will have abundance;
but from him who has not, even what he has will
be taken away.
Luke 19:26 RSV — I tell you, that to every one who
has will more be given; but from him who has not,
even what he has will be taken away.
Mark 4:25 RSV — For to him who has will more be
given; and from him who has not, even what he
has will be taken away.
Luke 8:18 RSV — Take heed then how you hear;
for to him who has will more be given, and from
him who has not, even what he thinks that he has
will be taken away.
Matthew 13:11–12 RSV — And he answered them,
“To you it has been given to know the secrets of
the kingdom of heaven, but to them it has not
been given. For to him who has will more be
given, and he will have abundance; but from
him who has not, even what he has will be taken
away.”
Why do the rich get richer and the poor get
poorer?
Why do the vast majority of Canadian All-Star
Game hockey players have birthdays between
January 1 and March 31?
Pareto’s Law: Any creative endeavor tends to
concentrate resources and talent

How does one avoid being “thrown outside”?
1. Don’t Dawdle
2. Think Long-Term
3. Embrace Responsibility
• What is mine by stewardship
• What is God’s by ownership
4. Fear is not a Strategy
5. The resource never goes away; it simply
becomes re-assigned
Matthew 13:44 (NIV) – “The kingdom of heaven is
like treasure hidden in a field. When a man found
it, he hid it again, and then in his joy went and
sold all he had and bought that field.
There is a treasure in every field

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