Here are notes I took during his sermon, “Dare to be great!” on January 17:
How daring are you?
The God we see in Scripture doesn’t want us to be conservative in our use of our money, time, talents, and skills.
Stewardship is something we manage that is not our own. Like the three men in The Parable of the Talents, God has entrusted each of us with “talents” that are not all our own (money, time, talents, skills, and experience) and that we manage for a purpose: to make an impact for God’s Kingdom.
Sid asked, “With one life to live, how much do you invest for God?”
In the Parable of the Talents, a man gave one of his servants five talents of money, another of his servants two talents, and another servant one talent. Then he left town.
When the man returned, the five-talent and the two-talent servants had doubled their holdings, but the man with only one talent, instead of investing it, buried it—because, he said, he was afraid.
“What did two of them do,” Sid asked, “to double their five and two talents? They didn’t play it safe. However, the one dominated by fear buried his talent. Today we don’t dare to be great because we fear God won’t live up to His end of the bargain.”
Sid said that the degree of safety that we invest in our lives indicates a lack of faith.
Sid left us with questions and challenges:
Are you playing it safe with what God has given you of time, skills, past experience, and money?
How much do you trust God? Let go. Invest.
Do you have God-sized dreams and investments?
Or is it too risky? Too scary?
It’s tempting, Sid observed, to play it safe and take it easy. He compared life to a ship in the harbor—it’s safe there, but that is not what ships are for. What is your life for?
And, here’s Sid’s final challenge: Do great things for God. Trust God and don’t play it safe.
What could God do if every person who has a relationship with Him dared to be great?