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Okay, so we are back for the technically this is the get sellers call in you podcast or the get Radical Faith podcast if you listen to that channel. But regardless of which channel. Be sure to subscribe to the podcast if you haven’t. And also you can subscribe to our YouTube channel because all these podcasts get put up in video form on YouTube. And also I want to encourage everyone, as I do with all of these. I listen to a lot of training and the first time you go through it, you pick up the big message, right? But the second time you go through, you pick up all the nuances that make the big message applicable. And so I really encourage that. For those of you who are listening to this on the podcast, to go back and watch it, if you actually go back to our podcast website, get sellers calling EW.com, get radical FT.com and and watch this online. You’ll see the video, you’ll see the diagrams I draw up, and it’s going to be significantly more powerful for you. And just like lasagna, it’s always better the second time around. So with that, I’ve got a real interesting topic we’re going to be talking about, but just kind of tee it up real quickly. You know, there are some people that we see out there and we may not think that they’re doing much for the Lord, but they’re trying.
And yet what the Lord, what’s going to happen is Jesus says, when I return, I’m bringing my reward with me and I’m going to give my rewards to those people who have earned them. And we call it eternal rewards. This isn’t going to be a teaching on eternal rewards, but we’re going to kind of touch on that subject. But the most important thing I want to share is there will be some people that we see out there doing all this work that we call. They’re doing it for Christ and they’re not going to get any real significant rewards and other people that we see and it doesn’t look like they’re doing much, but yet they’re going to be inundated and overloaded with rewards. And the question is why? What’s the difference? And there are some of us who will have gone through life and we have a passion for Christ. We’re working to serve him, but yet it’s sort of in a secondary or tertiary mode. And our main focus is over here. And the question is, is that what the Lord wants us to do? So this topic I want to talk probably the title would be Prioritizing Christ, and it actually comes out of here’s my unabashed promotion of nuggets of faith that you can get at Amazon.com. Just go to the search and type in my name Beatty Carmichael. We’re doing this as page 3394 is where it starts.
We’re going to cover a couple of nuggets in here, but page 394 is the primary nugget is on Book of Titus. But for those who don’t know what nuggets of faith is, it’s about 500 pages, five and one half years of revelation the Lord has given me, and he directed me just for my own personal study to write down the thoughts that he puts in my heart sometimes speaks them out to me as well as I go through and study his word. And it’s full of really cool revelation. And most of the things I teach on either comes from this book or the subsequent book that’s not out, but it’s where he’s been leading me. So I encourage you to grab it and use it as a devotional. So where we start to night. It’s going to be Titus, too. So I want to just kind of jump in there. Got a lot to cover. And hopefully it’ll be exciting. As exciting as I feel it will be, and most desired is life applicable. So, Titus two, and we’re going to start in verse 14. This is talking about Jesus. And talking about Jesus. It says, who gave himself for us to redeem us from all lawlessness and to purify for himself a people, for his own possession, who are zealous for good works, who are zealous for a good work. So we prove that we are Jesus’s own possession when we are zealous for the good works.
And I think there’s two things here I want to really hone in. One is being zealous. One of the disciples was a guy named Simon the Zealot, for going after and doing what the Lords call this group to try to free Israel from Rome, I think is what the zealots were all about. But they’re the people who were zealous. To free Israel. And Jesus wants us to be zealous for good works. And the question is, what does that mean? How do you become zealous? And most importantly, what are good works? You know, it is good works feeding the poor. They’re taking care of the homeless. Visiting widows and those in jail. The answer is no. Those are not good works. I’ll back that up in a moment. Those are in the natural good works, but they don’t create eternal rewards If they don’t create eternal rewards. Eternal rewards are given for eternal impact. That’s really what eternal rewards are when you make an impact in my kingdom for all eternity. I’m going to bring my reward and give it to you, is what Jesus says in Revelation. And he says also that the more of the impact you do in my kingdom, the greater the reward you’re going to get. So the question is, what are these? What do we do to create an impact in the kingdom? That will then be what the Lord calls well done good and faithful servant.
And if we don’t know what we’re where the target is, we’re bound to miss it. I remember I was listening to Guy. Some of you guys will know this name, Zig Ziglar, and some of the others may not know Zig as much, but he was sharing. Zig, if you don’t know, he was a motivational speaker, really strong believer, and he was teaching about hitting a goal. And he said, there’s this archery guy who’s the number one archery expert in the world at the time. I think he may be deceased now, and he could split arrows one, shoot an arrow and then shoot another one right through it and all kinds of great things. And so Zig said, and I believe him, you said, I can enter an archery contest with this guy and I’m going to win. And as you said, how do we do that? You said easy. You blindfold him. Turn him around and around and around. So you don’t know where the target is and say, okay, now shoot. Okay. And he even though he’s an expert at being able to shoot, shoot arrows, he will miss the target if you don’t know where the target is. And we’re going to miss as well if we don’t know what the target is. And we’re also going to miss if we know what the target is and we choose not to do it, not to go there.
So that’s what we start to get out as Titus to 14 is that Jesus redeemed us To be zealous for good works. And being zealous for good works is how we prove that we are his own possession. So what does that really mean? So if you think back, we’re going to we’re going to touch on these in a moment, but just give you kind of this big picture over overview. If you think back on the parable of the minus and the parable of the talents, they both have a similar story. That story is a master gives resources to his trusted servants and says, Do business with these on my behalf until I return. And those who do more business get greater rewards. Those who do less business get fewer rewards, and those who do no business get what was given to them taken away. And we start to see that there’s something about being zealous for doing good works, to do what the Lord has called us to. You can also look in the parable of the sower with the four soils, and Jesus says that the only person who is my disciple is the one that produces much fruit. There’s one of those people that looked like an actual plant. It said the plant grew up among the thorns, but it was unfruitful. And so there are a lot of us who go out and we do the things that we think we’re supposed to be doing, but they’re unfruitful.
Jesus even said that I want to separate the sheep from the goats, and then the sheep going to go in and the goats were going to get rid of. And in this process, he says, but they’ll come to me and say, But, but Lord, Lord, did we not do all these works in your name? Mighty works and miracles and serve all these people? He said, You never did them for me. I don’t know you. In other words, they went through the motions, but they had no eternal impact. And the question is, what is this thing called eternal impact and how do you make it? Because when the day is over, our life is going to be measured by one thing. What’s the level of eternal impact that we create? And based on that level, will determine the exclamation or rebuke that we get from the Lord. So with that, what we’re also going to find is that the fruit that we do outwardly that has eternal impact is directly related to the fruit that happens internally within us. I did a teaching series a while back called Do All Who Accept Christ Go to Heaven. It was really interesting because the idea with it is who actually produces fruit and what is the fruit that they produce.
What I was going on that is the fruit. Jesus says that only the good soil is the one that produces good fruit. But you ask the question, what is the good fruit? And the good fruit is not produced by the soil. As produced by the seed the soil only stewards it. So the seed reproduces itself and the fruit is the womb of the seed that has been reproduced. And so you look at the fruit that comes inside of you, it can only happen through the Lord because as the Lord reproducing himself, this it’s Galatians 220, right? It’s no longer I who live but Christ that lives within me. And so as the fruit is produced in you. Then you’re going to produce externally the good fruit that has eternal impact. And that’s what we’re going to start to look at. So let’s look at let’s look at good, good works for a moment. So Matthew 633, let’s start there. Or go there. Matthew 633 Jesus talking. And he says, But seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness and all these things will be added to you. All these things as everything right sake first and that’s the directive Seek first the Kingdom of God in his righteousness. Kind of the question is, are you seeking first his kingdom and his righteousness, or is that a secondary or tertiary part of your life? So if we look at, say, King first his kingdom, let’s just use the word minister, because that’s the focus of today’s topic, is what is your internal ministry, your ministry that you’re doing that’s producing in an eternal impact? Is it producing eternal impact and is it are you focused on it and how much impact are you doing? So if we’re to seek first doing that, then what does that look like? Because seeking first is kingdom seeking first the ministry that we’ve been called to do.
And serving him means putting him first. It doesn’t necessarily mean I’m going to quit my job and become a missionary. But what it does mean is that we’re going to make Christ first. And when we make him first, what we’re doing is we’re making him first in what we do, not only in our pursuit, but in what we do. And this is what if you look at the parable of the minus, the parable of the talents, they’re all measured by, Did those servants make Christ first, make their master first, and what they did and those who made them first got well rewarded. That’s what this is talking about. So just as a rhetorical question. Are you aware the Lord has called you to be? Or are you where you have chosen to be? A lot of times in work, especially for the person who is earning the livelihood for their family, a lot of times they choose where they’re going to be because of money, because of location, because of vocation, without putting a whole lot of time and effort into saying, Lord, is this where you want me to be? And so the first question is, whatever you’re doing, is it because the Lord has called you to do that or because you chose to do it? I remember a friend of mine, his name is Dan Moran.
He won’t mind me sharing this publicly because this is his testimony on his website. In fact, he was really good in sales, but he grew up in the Baptist church and the Lord had a calling on him to be a preacher. And he was really good in sales and he wanted to make a lot of money. So he went in sales and resisted the calling that the Lord had on his life. And this was like 30 years ago, 35 years, maybe 40 years ago, back when 100,000 a year was a lot more than it is today. But that’s what he was earning in sales. And the Lord finally got his attention. Drunk driving, killed a person, went to jail, and he it was like three or five years without any opportunity for parole until that period of time. And he he said, Lord, I give up. You know, he’s he recognized that the Lord was putting him there and getting his attention. And he said, If you get me out, I’ll become an evangelist like I know you’ve been calling me to do.
And I think within six weeks he was out of jail. Totally miraculous. But here’s the point is he was doing what he had chosen to do. And opposition to what the Lord had called them to do. And the first step in producing good works and putting the kingdom first is to take an assessment. Where are you and why are you there? Let’s look also real quickly at Ephesians 210. This is really interesting on Ephesians 210. This is Paul writing and it says for we are his workmanship created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them. Let me just kind of draw this up real quick. This is kind of interesting if you take a look at what this actually is. So this board is Christ Jesus. All right. So Christ is our covering. And it says that we have been created in Christ Jesus. And it says that we’ve been created for what? Good for a good works. And when were those good works prepared? The good works were prepared before the creation of the world that comes from the rest of Ephesians. But beforehand. Here’s the point I want to show you. This is real interesting. The works that we’ve been called to do that the Lord says, okay, these are my resources, now go and work on my behalf until I return, or at least until you die, right? Those things that he wants us to do have already been prepared for us to do.
There is a word we can put on these things, and that word is destiny. These are our destiny. Or you can say calling destiny is probably a better word, but you can call it your calling. These are the things that we’ve been designed specifically to do. And the question is, are we doing them? Are we doing all of the good works that have been prepared beforehand for us individually to do, or are we off somewhere else doing what we’ve chosen ourselves to do as opposed to following what the Lord has called us to do? And so if you start to think about it says that we are a temple of the Lord and we’re to build the temple, which is to build up his temple, the body of Christ. So if you think about a temple with a wall and I’ve got little building blocks all through this temple, each block has a different shape and different design, some that are funny looking, some that are cut and broken in different directions. And if you think about a temple and this building architecture with these blocks, what happens is each block within the temple is one of us, and we’re created to fit specifically in one spot in that temple.
And we’re the only one that is designed that can fit in that one spot perfectly. We’ve been built and created for the good works, and doing those good works fits us right there in the South. We can say right dab smack in the middle, right, right, exactly where we’ve been designed to be. And if you try to do something that the Lord’s called not called you to do or you compromise because it’s not exactly what he calls you to do, but you’re going to kind of do it your way. You’re not fitting right there. It’s a loose fit or it’s a no fit at all. You only get credited for the perfect fit that you put right there, the more of the perfect fit by doing the good works prepared beforehand for you to do the greater the exclamation. Well done, good and faithful servant, the more balanced your life will be in this life, the more blessed it will be because you will be in the center of God’s will doing what He’s called you to do. The question is, what are those good works? How do you know what they are? I remember I have a friend named Keith. We were doing some ministry work together years back at a Christian camp. And then a few years after all of that, he was in a career change. And we sat down for lunch. He was just getting some counsel and visiting with different people that he knew, and he was trying to reconcile where is the Lord calling him? What is he going to do with the rest of his life is ahead of him And where is the Lord calling him and how does he know what the Lord’s calling upon his life is? And I was sharing with him that this concept of the Lord has built this temple.
He has built good works. And your spot is in that one spot that he’s called you to be. And he has uniquely designed you to fit that perfect spot, to do those perfect good works that are have already been prepared. And so I was telling Keith is you want to look at where your passions are and if you are to draw a circle of your passions and your expertise. And those things that you have skill and interest in and wherever they intersect, all of those things that you’re designed around that you love to do, you’re good at doing it. You can do it all day, never get burned out. That is what the Lord is calling you to do. And that starts to point you in the direction of these good works and where you fit in the temple. Because as he’s designed these good works beforehand for you, he has designed you perfectly to fit in those good works. And it’s going to be frustrating because you see someone else doing something and you wish you were more like them because it looks like they’re doing really good stuff.
But they are a different personality, different mindset. And you go, I’m not as good as they are. They’re great in all this administrative details. I can get these things done and I’m just so slow with everything. Well, that’s because they’re called for one thing and you’re call for something else. And where you are good is where he’s got these good works for you. Is this kind of making sense? Okay, so that’s the first step. So that’s what I was telling Keith. And then he said, okay, I think I know what that is because he loves youth ministry. He loved working with kids and he’s had this kind of long term interest and desire, passion of how to really do a youth ministry program. So that got him on the focus of where to start looking for his job. The Lord says that’s the Lord’s glory to conceal the matter and the glory of kings is to reveal the matter. So what’s happened, if you think about this, as the Lord has hidden this perfect job for Keith. And then the Lord says, okay, now Keith, you are son. You are a king. Go search it out and find where I hid it so that you can then do it. So he did. We got back together for lunch probably a couple of months later, and he says, okay, I think I’m now narrowed it down to two places.
So there are two churches I want to do youth ministry, and I have a real desire to do a unique way of doing it that I think really fits with me. And I’ve got one church. It’s a big church. I think it was in Atlanta, and they have a really great pay and compensation package and benefits. They got a well developed youth ministry already and I would just be taking over that ministry and then I can. So it’s already formulated and I can start to make it my own within boundaries. And I think I could be really good at that. But then there’s this other church. It’s much smaller. They don’t have any youth ministry formed and the pay is a whole lot less. But I can go in there. Sort of sounds like you. Yeah. So I can go in there and make it entirely mine the way I see the vision. And. And he was asking, What do you think I should do? And I said, Well. Where are you? The perfect fit. You said the perfect fit is a small church with a low pay. I said, Well, that’s where you probably ought to be, because wherever the Lord has called you specifically to be, He promises as you follow him, he’ll meet all of your needs.
So you never have to worry about how much money you have, because all of those needs will always be met. The question is, is are you following his calling to be exactly where he’s called you to do? So he ended up going there and. It’s a perfect fit. I think I heard back from him a few years later and he’s just loving it and it’s where the Lord had called him. So that’s sort that’s how you start to look at what is my calling? What do I start to do to have to walk in those works that the Lord has prepared beforehand? So here’s. Now that you kind of have that as a picture and you’re starting to think, what am I good at? What am I passionate? What do I just love to do? It doesn’t have to be ministry. What do I love to do? I remember one guy loved rock climbing. And he said, How do I make that? How do I serve the Lord? Because I really love rock climbing. So he ended up doing a rock climbing school, teaching advanced rock climbing to these climbing enthusiasts. And it’s his ministry outreach. And the Lords call them to ministry in rock climbing. So what is your passion that starts to guide you where your calling is likely going to be? And then the next question I have for you. If money were not a concern and you had no responsibilities you had to worry about, you just had a clean slate.
And you are going to serve the Lord in doing something. And you could design whatever it was. What are you, passionate? About serving the Lord doing. And whatever is that answer is that’s likely exactly where the Lord has called you to be in his temple. If you get all of the other clutter out of your life that you have to worry about. And say, I have nothing to worry about. All of my needs, all my obligations, everything’s taken care of, and I have a clean slate to simply pursue what the Lord has called me to do that I love doing. What would that be? And my challenge with all of this is to lean towards whatever that is. That’s the direction you need to start to prioritize. Because anything less than that is rejecting the calling the Lord has on your life. And the last thing you want to do is if we were to take these boxes that I’ve drawn up for my audio listeners, I’ve got six boxes on the screen representing those good works that the Lord has prepared beforehand. The last thing you want to do is only check one box before you die. And the Lord said, I had six things for you and you only did one. You’ll still get some reward, but you don’t get a well done good and faithful servant.
You want to be able to check off all of those boxes and say, I fulfilled my destiny. What the Lord has called me. I was zealous for good works. I made it the priority I sought first. The kingdom and its right, His righteousness and all of my needs will be supplied to me because I saw it first. What he’s called me to do with abandon, without any concern over how do I take care of myself, how do I take care of my family? What do I do with all these other things? I want a big house, but this isn’t going to give me a big house, whatever those things are. You put all that aside and say, I’m going to focus on what the Lord has called me to do. I know what He’s called me to do because I know what I’m passionate about, where my skill sets are, what I love to do, what I want to do. And if money and obligations were no object, this is what I’d be doing. If I could do anything to serve the Lord. What gets you the most excitement. And that’s where you start to go. And then the question is, these good works. So let me ask you a question. When we serve the Lord. Are we to be focused more on quality of how good a job we do or quantity how much of the job that we do? What do you all think?
So what we’re going to find let me ask you a question first. So let’s say that you get a job. It could be any job. It could be an engineering job. It could be a customer service job. It could be a sales job. What are you paid on? Are you paid on the quality of work you do? Or you paid on the quantity of work you do. Now watch this. It sounds like a trick question, but it’s not. Southwest Airlines has a unique hiring process, and their hiring process is real interesting. Let me just kind of draw this up, because this is interesting because we see the same thing happening in scripture and we all think that our our job is to do quality work that the Lord grades on quality more than quantity. But watch this. Here are Southwest hiring guidelines. They have a chart. And for the particular role, they say this is the minimum performance requirement they have to do. And they have three people apply for the job. One person gets the performance at at, let’s call it right above the line. Another person is a little bit higher on that performance quality skill sets, and another person is off the chart. The guy who’s off the chart in quality. Based off the performance minimum requirements does not get any greater value in the hiring process than the guy who barely meets it.
Because this this level is all about what is the minimum requirement to be hired. This is quality. So let’s put this in in perspective. Let’s say this is going to be a baggage handler, minimum quality. You have to be able to lift £50. If you can lift £50, you pass this this criteria. So if a big weightlifter comes in and he can lift £1,000, he gets no more credit than the guy who can lift 50. Once he passes this, then the next hiring hiring requirement is interviews to see which one has the best personality that fits the culture of Southwest. And so this guy who is way off the chart in terms of quality, he may get rejected because he has a dud personality. But this guy who’s just barely meeting the quality, he’s going to get hired because he loves everyone and everyone loves him. Does this make sense? So when you’re in business. You get hired based on the ability to do the quality level of work that needs to be done. But you’re going to get compensated based on the quantity of that work that you do. Even if you’re an engineer, you have a minimum level of performance that you have to do. That’s the quality. And the engineer who can put out five engineering diagrams versus one in the same unit of time.
The guy he can do five times more work is going to get paid more. Does that does this make any sense? It’s not the quality of work. It’s the quantity of work because the quality is assumed. You can’t even work there unless you have the quality. With that in mind, let me now show you scripture and back this up. This is going to be cool. So the question is, is the Lord focus on quantity or is he focused on quality? And we’re going to find that he’s focused on quantity because quality is required. So let’s first look at the parable of the sower and the four soils. This is found in Matthew 13, three through eight. And he told them many things in parable saying a sower went out to sow. And as he sowed, some seed fell along the path and the birds came and devour them. Other seeds fell on rocky ground where they did not have much soil. And immediately they sprang up since they had no depth of soil. But when the sun rose, they were scorched. And since they had no root, they withered away. Other seeds fell among the thorns. And the thorns grew up and choked them. Other seeds fell on good soil and produce grain some 100 fold, some 60, some 30. So now I want to talk and focus on just the thorny soil.
And the good soil. And here’s what they made move down to versus 22 and 23 still in Matthew 13, 22 and 23. Jesus is now describing these last two soils. He says. As for what was sown among thorns, this is the one who hears the word but the cares of the world and the deceitfulness of riches choke the word and it proves unfruitful. As for what was sown on good soil, this is the one who hears the word and understands it. He indeed bears fruit and yields, in one case 100 fold and another 60. And then another 30. So watch this. What’s the quality? We’re called to do? Quality. That’s what we think that the Lord has called us do make sure we do quality work. The quality here is bearing fruit. If you’re unfruitful, you don’t even pass the grade. On the good soil. It’s defined as good soil. Because of one thing, it bears fruit. That’s the quality. But notice how the good soil is measured 30, 60 and 100 fold. So if I’m the sower and I’m sowing for the landowner, the master. What does he want? If I only get ten fold produce out of that soil, is he just as happy as if I get 100 fold? No. He wants maximum quantity of production.
This is what Jesus starts to talk about. Let me back it up in another scripture. Go to John 15 eight. How do you prove to be a disciple of the Lord? As you go there. I’m just going to repeat one thing from Titus 214 that we started with. He purified himself for himself, a people for his own possession, who are zealous for good works. If you’re zealous for a good works, does that not indicate much good works versus minimal if you’re zealous for it? Here we find in John 15 eight, Jesus says by this My father is glorified that you bear much fruit. Is my father glorified that you bear little fruit? No. If he was glorified that you bear little fruit, Jesus would have said by this My father is glorified that you bear quality fruit, even if it’s just a little. It’s got to be quality. No, that’s not what he says. He says, My father is glorified if you bear much fruit and by bearing much fruit, what happens? You so proved to be my disciples. To be zealous for good works to bear much fruit. So to prove to be a disciple. What’s the quality? You bear? Fruit. But what’s measured. Bear much fruit. And here’s something interesting, too. There is a study that was done with doing pottery. It was a psychology experiment to want to see what happens.
So they got a bunch of kids together, like elementary school kids in pottery class, and they graded one group of the kids based on making the most beautiful piece of pottery that they can. And they had one chance to do it. And the other group, they were graded on how many pieces of pottery that they could do. So they were given this time frame a month or two, whatever it was, the kids that were going to do only one piece, they studied it. They couldn’t create anything. They only had one chance to make one piece of pottery. And they’re going to be graded on the quality of that pottery. The other ones were going to be graded entirely on the quantity of pieces that they made. Which group do you think had the most beautiful pieces of pottery? The one that did only one piece. Or the group that did as many pieces as they could. The group that focused on quantity had the most beautiful pieces because the more they did it, the better they got. And by the time they finished all their quantity, the final pieces were gorgeous. And the ones who did, they focus only on quality. They had the ugliest pieces because they didn’t have enough activity to master it. Is this making sense? Yeah. Yeah, because I.
Was thinking about, like, the original one. You were talking about the seller. The quality was in the ground.
The quality was in the ground.
In the ground. Because you said the seed was what produced. But if you put the seed in bad ground, it wasn’t going to produce anything. So really, the quality is what ensured that there was more.
Right. So the quality we’re going to see this in the next example, the quality is simply that it bore fruit.
Yeah, but it had to be good.
Had to be good.
Soil, right? Yeah. Because if it didn’t all this seed, the seed was good in every case. But when it was put in a bad soil of lesser quality, it never produced anything.
Right. The fruit is the ticket to your at least at the starting gate. And then once you’ve got fruit, that’s the quality. Once you’re in the starting gate, then you’re measured based on quantity. Like Southwest, you have a minimum level of performance that you must be able to do. That’s the basis of quality. And what I’m saying is once you pass that basis of quality, then anything far above that really doesn’t matter because you have this minimum line of performance, which is the quality. What we see quality in Scripture is fruit, but then we’re measured on quantity. And let me see if I can prove it. I’m going to prove it in this next passage, the next parable. This is the parable of the miners. This is found in Luke 1912 through 26. He said, therefore, a nobleman went into a far country to receive for himself a kingdom and then return for those who are not aware this nobleman is Jesus. He goes, and he’s getting a new kingdom. So this is talking about him and us. Calling one of the servants. He gave them ten minus. And said to them, Engage in business until I come. Let me pause for a moment. If I’m going to engage in business, what’s the goal of business?
Profit. Maximum profit. Is that quantity or quality?
Well, it is quantity.
It’s quiet. Now, watch this. So now we’re going to dot, dot, dot. Let’s move to first 15. We’re just skipping verse 14. When he returned, having received the kingdom, he ordered these servants to whom he had given the money to be called to him, that he might know what they had gained by doing business. The first came before him saying, Lord, your miner has made ten minus more ten times increase. And he said to him, Well done, good servant, because you have been faithful in a very little. You shall have authority over ten cities. Verse 18. And the second came saying, Lord, your mind has made five miners. And he said to him, And you are to be over five cities. Notice he doesn’t say, Well done. He simply makes the statement. So now we start to see that there’s an exclamation for the one who did Abundance. There’s still reward for those who someone who only did five and Sarah ten, but not the exclamation of well done. Well done was only reserved for ten. So in verse 18, and the second came saying, Lord, your miner has made five miners. And he said to them, and you are to be over five cities, but there is no well done exclamation. The well done was only reserved for the one who did. Ten And then verse 20. Then another came saying, Lord, here is your minnow, which I kept laid away in a handkerchief for I was afraid of you because you are a severe man. You take what you do, not deposit and reap what you do.
Not so. He said to them, I will condemn you with your own words, you wicked servant. You knew that I was a severe man taking what I did not deposit and reaping what I did not. So why then did you not put my money in the bank? And at my coming, I might have collected it with interest. And he said to those who stood by, take the miner from him and give it to the one who has the ten minus. And they said to him, Lord, he has ten miners. I tell you that to everyone who has more will be given. But from the one who has not even what he has will be taken away. Let me make a business correlation real quick. If I have an employee. Who does a great job. I’m going to assign more work to that person because I know they’re going to continue doing more great job and get more quantity out. And the more I can give to him, the more he does, I’m going to raise his pay. And when I have work to be done, if I’ve got someone who’s not doing any of the work, I’m going to fire him. If I’ve got someone that does only a little bit of work and I need work to be done, I’m going to take it from him and give it to this guy who can do more and get rid of the guy who can’t do it. So that’s what we see right here. It says, take this miner from him and give it to the one who has ten.
And they say, but Lord, he already has ten. So I tell you that to everyone he has more will be given. But from the one who has not even what he has will be taken away. So here’s the here’s the question now. What is the qualification? To stay employed by the prince. What does the Scripture tell us? It’s not direct, but it’s indirect. The qualification to stay employed is that you produce fruit, produce something. The qualification for exclamation. Is quantity of what you produce. Watch this, he said. Verse 23. Why then, did you not put my money in the bank? And at my coming, I might have collected it with interest. What he is saying is, had you simply done something, put it in the bank, produce some fruit. At least I would have collected interest. And you would still be in good favor with me. But because you did nothing, you produce no fruit. I cast you out. What Jesus is saying here is that the the line of saying I am a disciple is the same thing that we saw with the parable of the seed in the sower. If the soil produces fruit. You’re my disciple. If the servant produces at least interest on that miner, then he was still being good grace with with the master. And then those who produce more get greater favor from the master, greater reward, because what he’s looking for is quantity, not just quality gets you in the game. Quantity wins the game.
This is my little.
I’m looking at this in particular in the Baptist church. They’re sent out to convert selves. But and they do they get a lot of people. So but they don’t spend the time with quality time into developing them. Into somebody that’s.
You see, that’s the problem I have with this. It’s not just the number you produce, but it’s the quality of the person. Again, but I see all this is you could reach a lot of people, but you’re not. If you don’t have quality all this to me.
Okay. Yeah, I’m with you. So watch this. I think this answers what you’re. What I’m trying to describe over here. So the goal is to make disciples and a disciple as someone who becomes like the teacher and our teacher is Jesus. I have a bunch of raw material I want to make now a correlation and say, if this makes sense. I have a bunch of raw, raw material and parts over here and I want to build a car. The car. Is going to be when it’s all said and done. I want it to be quality solid. Everything will run. The measurement of quality is right here. When that car comes off the assembly line and not all these bits and pieces before it gets done. Does that make sense so far? Yeah. Okay. So now the Body of Christ. I’ve got the body of Christ and these.
See the body of Christ being here. I see.
The body. Watch this. Hold on. The body of Christ. Ah, the assembly line workers. Watch this. The assembly line workers. Each worker has a different job. One worker puts the tires on the body, another worker takes a bit driver and puts the lugs on the tires. Another worker takes the pre manufactured seats and puts them in and locks them down. Another worker puts the steering wheel on it, another worker puts the engine in it. And each step along the way, it goes from a bunch of raw material and parts and slowly builds into being the car that drives off the assembly line that is now a car of quality. Remember years back when cars had poor quality, the big advertising campaign with Ford was quality is job one. Our role is to make disciples. And back to your question. What is quality versus quantity? Quality in the assembly line is driven by the process of each part and each person doing their job well, which is the minimum hiring requirement for that position. The quantity is how many pieces can you get through that assembly line in a day? Because you’re measured ultimately on how many cars you can assemble every day, but it takes the entire body of the assembly line to do that. And when everyone’s doing their job well, the ultimate result is you have a quality car. Let me tie this back into disciple making. I take raw material. Someone who doesn’t know Jesus. And I start to assemble and say, Now you come to Christ and they believe in Jesus and they go through this assembly line of disciple training, right all the way through until they become like Jesus or as close to that as possible.
And that is the quality. But it takes many people over a long period of time. But each person along the way is measured by their role in that assembly line. With their specific skill sets. And how many the quantity. So in just kind of wrapping up for everyone on this and then we’re going to continue with part two next time is to ponder what has the Lord called you to do? Where are your passions? Are you. Focused zealously to do those things the Lord has called you to do. You’ve got your little check boxes of the good works that have been prepared beforehand. You kind of know where your circles of interest, passion, talent, desires lie, and that’s going to point you in the direction of where you fit in the temple. The question is, are you pursuing those for the Lord? Are you zealous for good works? And if you’re not. You’ve got to reckon that with the Lord. But if you want to serve the Lord, you’ve got to be zealous. And the first step is, is this answering the question, Are you there? Are you zealous? And next session we’re going to talk about how do you take it from here and kind of drive it in so that you can maximize what you do and maximize the likelihood that you’ll have the exclamation. Well done. Good service.