Pleasant Run Baptist Church
Verily, Verily, I say unto you, Except a corn of wheat fall into the ground
and die, it abideth alone; but if it die, it bringeth forth much fruit. He
that loveth his life shall lose it; and he that hateth his life in this world
shall keep it unto eternal life. If any man serve me, let him follow me; and
where I am, there shall also my servant be; if any man serve me, him will my
I found out a long time ago that if I don't please God, I
have failed in my service to Him. Jesus said, “If any man serve me, him will
my Father honor.” I want God to value me. One day, I will face Him, and I
want to be one of His prized vessels.
God chose me to serve Him. In order to serve Him well, I
must be a good servant. In order to be a good servant--I must serve people
with whatever their need may be. God gives us things to use for His glory.
If I have more than my brother, I should share my goods with him. To be a
good servant, I must first serve my family; I must let them see Jesus in me.
As a pastor I must serve my Church; not because I'm paid to. It is what's in
the heart, not what's in the pocket that leads me to serve people. To show up
only when I feel like it does not make me a good servant. I must be available
whenever and for whatever God needs me to be. We must all serve our Church
well, not just a once-in-a-while thing but everyday.
Every person in this church is blessed more than we
deserve. There are people in the world with far less than we have, but God
gives us these things to use--not to keep. Just as in the parable of the five
talents, we must use what God gives us for His glory. God gave one man five
talents, another He gave two talents and to yet another, he gave him only one
talent. To the man who received five talents, God gave him five more because
he used the first five well. Likewise, with the man who received two talents,
his were doubled also.
God told them, “Well done, thou good and faithful
servant. Thou has been faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over
many things; enter thou into the joy of thy Lord.”
But the one who received only the one talent went out and
dug a hole and buried it. He said, “Lord I was afraid so I hid thy talent in
the earth.” The Lord said unto him, Thou wicked and slothful servant …”
(Read the story in Matthew 25:14-28).
We can't be lazy in serving God. We must never cease
working for Him. How long do we serve Him? Until He says, “Well done my
Child, come on Home.” Serving God is a privilege. There is nothing forced
upon you. But if you love Him, you will serve Him. You will let Him be the
Pilot--He won't be the Co-pilot. If God is your co-pilot, you need to swap
seats. It takes more than one person to run a church. It takes every member
using the talents God gives them, doing their part to keep the church afloat.
What a treasure is waiting for us when we finish this journey called life and
hear Jesus say, “Well done, faithful servant, come on home.” What a blessing!
Bro. Jr Fields........April 2, 2006.
Sermon edited by Mary King