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Dividends Come from Investments        
2 Timothy 2:15, 1:5,  Graduate Sunday

2 Timothy 2:15 (NLT)
15 Work hard so you can present yourself to God and receive his approval. Be a good worker, one who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly explains the word of truth.

Introduction:
I would like to specifically address those who have graduated but this applies to each one of us here.  We are like a bank in many ways – we have deposit and withdrawals; investments and dividends; earnings and losses.  It is what we do with those deposits and investments that make a difference in our life.  That is true for anyone of us.  If I gave you $10.00 what would you do with it?  Buy something to eat?  Get some iTunes?  Put it into your savings account?   Hide it away?

Matthew 25:14-30  The Message

The Story About Investment

 14-18"It's also like a man going off on an extended trip. He called his servants together and delegated responsibilities. To one he gave five thousand dollars, to another two thousand, to a third one thousand, depending on their abilities. Then he left. Right off, the first servant went to work and doubled his master's investment. The second did the same. But the man with the single thousand dug a hole and carefully buried his master's money.
 19-21"After a long absence, the master of those three servants came back and settled up with them. The one given five thousand dollars showed him how he had doubled his investment. His master commended him: 'Good work! You did your job well. From now on be my partner.'
 22-23"The servant with the two thousand showed how he also had doubled his master's investment. His master commended him: 'Good work! You did your job well. From now on be my partner.'
 24-25"The servant given one thousand said, 'Master, I know you have high standards and hate careless ways, that you demand the best and make no allowances for error. I was afraid I might disappoint you, so I found a good hiding place and secured your money. Here it is, safe and sound down to the last cent.'
 26-27"The master was furious. 'That's a terrible way to live! It's criminal to live cautiously like that! If you knew I was after the best, why did you do less than the least? The least you could have done would have been to invest the sum with the bankers, where at least I would have gotten a little interest.
 28-30"'Take the thousand and give it to the one who risked the most. And get rid of this "play-it-safe" who won't go out on a limb. Throw him out into utter darkness.'

What are we doing with the investments we have been given?

Let us think about those persons, their investments in your life, and the awesome dividends you’ve received—persons who sought to transform you from a bar of steel into something more valuable.

Conclusion:
You didn’t graduate alone this past week. Your graduation – our life are a by-product of many investments that have been made in our life by teachers, spiritual mentors and family.  You are the dividend of the Lord and His servants.
Show yourself as one who has been approved by God.  As you leave this place and begin a new path of your journey, remember that the ones who have invested in you will continue to influence you and walk with you in the name of our Lord.  Your dividends are the result of their investments.

 

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