The Modern Samaritan Gives Talent

But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth. Acts 1:8

 For the kingdom of heaven is like a man traveling to a far country, who called his own servants and delivered his goods to them. 15 And to one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one, to each according to his own ability; and immediately he went on a journey. Matthew 25:14-15 (NKJV)

Why we give our talents:

 

  • It Glorifies God

Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms… so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. 1 Peter 4:10-11

  • It builds others up

Each one of us needs to look after the good of the people around us, asking ourselves, “How can I help?” Romans 15:2 (MSG)

  • It fulfills our purpose in life

And I have been a constant example of how you can help those in need by working hard. You should remember the words of the Lord Jesus: ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’ Acts 20:35

How we give our talents…

  • Make yourself available to serve
  • Pay attention to needs around you

Every time we get the chance, let us work for the benefit of all, starting with the people closest to us in the community of faith. Galatians 6:10 (MSG)

  • Don’t make excuses

If you wait for perfect conditions, you will never get anything done. Ecclesiastes 4:11 (TLB)

  • Look for others to serve with

For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. Ephesians 2:10

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The Modern Samaritan: Gives Time

But a Samaritan, as he traveled, came where the man was; and when he saw him, he took pity on him. Luke 10:33

 Why Do I Need to Give My Time?

Reason#1: God commands it

Don’t just pretend to love others. Really love them. Hate what is wrong. Hold tightly to what is good. 10 Love each other with genuine affection, and take delight in honoring each other. 11 Never be lazy, but work hard and serve the Lord enthusiastically. 12 Rejoice in our confident hope. Be patient in trouble, and keep on praying. 13 When God’s people are in need, be ready to help them. Always be eager to practice hospitality. Romans 12:9-13 (New Living Translation)

Reason #2: The Church needs it

The way God designed our bodies is a model for understanding our lives together as a church: every part dependent on every other part, the parts we mention and the parts we don’t, the parts we see and the parts we don’t. If one part hurts, every other part is involved in the hurt, and in the healing. If one part flourishes, every other part enters into the exuberance. 1 Corinthians 12: 25-26 (The Message)

Three Ingredients in meaningful involvement…

  1.  Spontaneity
  2. Vulnerability
  3.  Accountability

For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. Ephesians 2:10