IDEA: Our true commitment is seen in how we respond to the opportunities that are given to us. TEXT: "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. 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. Then he who had received the five talents went and traded with them, and made another five talents. And likewise he who had received two gained two more also. But he who had received one went and dug in the ground, and hid his lord’s money. After a long time the lord of those servants came and settled accounts with them" (Matthew 25:14-30).

PURPOSE: To have listeners realize and apply how opportunities work out their commitment.

"Talents" represent the opportunities that God gives to us. What does that mean?

We are given the opportunities to invest and use our natural abilities, not for ourselves, but for Jesus Christ.

I. Life is made up of opportunities in which we make decisions that count for our Master.

Those opportunities require risk when we would rather play it safe.

What will I do with my life?

What am I going to do with myself?

Is it a sucker’s game to give myself for others when everyone else is looking out for themselves?

Should I get involved with my neighbor’s problems which seem endless and beyond any solutions? Should I try to help or should I read my Bible, study, and pray?

I know a man who was invited to become president of his company. It was a choice position with a substantial raise. He turned it down because he had a ministry he would have to give up at church with young couples.

Do I stay with a smaller church that desperately needs me, or do I choose a larger, more prestigious congregation?

II. What is striking in this story is that this is not coincidental.

Those opportunities to invest your life for Christ’s sake are God-given. What we decide reflects who we really are