What a wonderful day to be in the House of the Lord. It was a glorious Sunday worship here at Northeast. We believe in God the Father, we believe in Jesus Christ, we believe in the Holy Spirit, and He's given us new life. We believe in the crucifixion, we believe that He conquered death. We believe in the resurrection and He's comin' back again, we believe.
Our message was from The Parable of Stewardship, from Luke 19:11-27. Pastor Joey’s lesson today was a continuation from last week’s lesson focusing on Zacchaeus’ conversion. Jesus has just spoken to Zacchaeus, telling him to come down from the tree and all that follows. The disciples were talking with Him. He said the Kingdom of God was coming soon, but they were thinking He meant it was coming immediately. Jesus tells them a parable (an earthly story with a heavenly meaning). A nobleman, somewhat of a tyrant, gives some of his servants money to invest while he was gone. He gave each 10 minas. Upon returning the first servant he calls in shows that he earned 10 more minas, doubling his master’s money. The second comes in to show he has earned five minas for his master. To these two he rewarded their efforts accordingly. The third man was called in and said, “Here’s your money back. I was afraid you’d be mad if I lost money, so I hid it.” The nobleman became angry and told him he was correct, he would be angry if you lost money, but you didn’t even try. Our efforts for Christ are viewed like that. Christ isn’t concerned with our return as much as He is concerned with our efforts: did we try to win souls for His Kingdom? Did we put forth any spiritual effort, or were we too afraid of rejection?