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We get to share the news of the treasure we have found because it is the most beautiful, amazing, an valuable thing we have been gifted with.

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Introduction

Have you ever been so excited about something that you just had to tell everyone?
STORY
I have. On November 22, 2005 Microsoft released the Xbox 360 in a second attempt to take over the industry that was dominated by Sony’s Playstation. Everyone had to get one. It was the next best thing. And once you had one you had to show everyone.
In December of 2006, I got my Xbox and I had to show it off. I had an awesome game called MechAssault that multiplayer, so I invited my friends and we played together. For months, I wouldn’t shut up about my Xbox. Both at school and in my neighborhood, everyone had to see what I had. It was my most prized possession. The one thing that had me completely consumed. Even when I was asleep, I would think about my Xbox. I would have dreams of playing it. My Xbox was my everything. And because it was my everything, I had to tell everyone about it.
What is your everything? Do you have a most prized possession that you just can’t shut up about?
I had been given a treasure as a gift and it was truly my most prized possession.
Transition
Unlike my treasure, Jesus talks about another that is much greater than my old Xbox. A real treasure that is actually worth much more. Something so valuable that men all over the world over thousands of years have sacrificed everything for. A gift so great and amazing that it has literally turned the world upside down.
That gift is a treasure beyond imagining. That treasure is heaven.

You have a Treasure

Matthew 13:44

The Parable of the Hidden Treasure

44 “The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which a man found and covered up. Then in his joy he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field.

Matthew 13:44 ESV
“The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which a man found and covered up. Then in his joy he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field.
Here Jesus is describing a great treasure to his best friends. Jesus is describing Heaven to his 12 disciples. 12 guys who followed him everywhere.
What is the Kingdom of Heaven?
The Kingdom of Heaven is something so valuable that those who find it :
Move Quickly to Give up everything to Buy the discovery.
Give up everything
Buy the discovery
The Kingdom of heaven is something that is worth more than any of our other possessions and desires. It brings a joy that comforts like no other possession we have. It is absolutely EVERYTHING.
Matthew 13:45-46

The Parable of the Pearl of Great Value

45 “Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant in search of fine pearls, 46 who, on finding one pearl of great value, went and sold all that he had and bought it.

Matthew 13:45–46 ESV
“Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant in search of fine pearls, who, on finding one pearl of great value, went and sold all that he had and bought it.
The Kingdom of Heaven is something worth so much that everything else pales by comparison.
The Kingdom of Heaven is something worth so much that everything else pales by comparison.
These are parables.

signifies something cast alongside another thing to clarify it

In this parable, the merchant who finds the great pearl may seem like a a complete fool. Why? Because he sells everything all for this little shiny piece of jewelry. You see, the average man, who knows nothing of the Kingdom of God, does not recognize the true worth of what is in front of him. A treasure beyond imagining; a treasure so great that demands one drop everything to simply poses it.
In this parable, the merchant who finds the great pearl may seem like a a complete fool. Why? Because he sells everything all for this little shiny piece of jewelry.
You see, the average man, who knows nothing of the Kingdom of God, does not recognize the true worth of what is in front of him. A treasure beyond imagining; a treasure so great that demands one drop everything to simply poses it.
This is what the Kingdom of heaven is. A treasure so special and valuable, that it demands that you and I drop everything to attain it.
Transition
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You see, you have a treasure that is worth more than anything else you have. You have the Kingdom of Heaven in your hands.
So what’s next? What do you do when you have been given a treasure?
ILLUSTRATION
Handout money to three different students and to leaders. Students have to multiply money that was given by asking around the room before the teacher comes back.
$5 - Multiplied & Becomes $10
$2 - Multiplied & Becomes $4
$1 - Hid it and did nothing with the $$$
Jesus later describes the Kingdom of Heaven’s worth:
Matthew 25:14-30
Matthew 25:14–30 ESV
“For it will be like a man going on a journey, who called his servants and entrusted to them his property. To one he gave five talents, to another two, to another one, to each according to his ability. Then he went away. He who had received the five talents went at once and traded with them, and he made five talents more. So also he who had the two talents made two talents more. But he who had received the one talent went and dug in the ground and hid his master’s money. Now after a long time the master of those servants came and settled accounts with them. And he who had received the five talents came forward, bringing five talents more, saying, ‘Master, you delivered to me five talents; here, I have made five talents more.’ His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master.’ And he also who had the two talents came forward, saying, ‘Master, you delivered to me two talents; here, I have made two talents more.’ His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master.’ He also who had received the one talent came forward, saying, ‘Master, I knew you to be a hard man, reaping where you did not sow, and gathering where you scattered no seed, so I was afraid, and I went and hid your talent in the ground. Here, you have what is yours.’ But his master answered him, ‘You wicked and slothful servant! You knew that I reap where I have not sown and gather where I scattered no seed? Then you ought to have invested my money with the bankers, and at my coming I should have received what was my own with interest. So take the talent from him and give it to him who has the ten talents. For to everyone who has will more be given, and he will have an abundance. But from the one who has not, even what he has will be taken away. And cast the worthless servant into the outer darkness. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’

The Parable of the Talents

14 “For it will be like a man going on a journey, who called his servants and entrusted to them his property. 15 To one he gave five talents, to another two, to another one, to each according to his ability. Then he went away. 16 He who had received the five talents went at once and traded with them, and he made five talents more. 17 So also he who had the two talents made two talents more. 18 But he who had received the one talent went and dug in the ground and hid his master’s money. 19 Now after a long time the master of those servants came and settled accounts with them. 20 And he who had received the five talents came forward, bringing five talents more, saying, ‘Master, you delivered to me five talents; here, I have made five talents more.’ 21 His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master.’ 22 And he also who had the two talents came forward, saying, ‘Master, you delivered to me two talents; here, I have made two talents more.’ 23 His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master.’ 24 He also who had received the one talent came forward, saying, ‘Master, I knew you to be a hard man, reaping where you did not sow, and gathering where you scattered no seed, 25 so I was afraid, and I went and hid your talent in the ground. Here, you have what is yours.’ 26 But his master answered him, ‘You wicked and slothful servant! You knew that I reap where I have not sown and gather where I scattered no seed? 27 Then you ought to have invested my money with the bankers, and at my coming I should have received what was my own with interest. 28 So take the talent from him and give it to him who has the ten talents. 29 For to everyone who has will more be given, and he will have an abundance. But from the one who has not, even what he has will be taken away. 30 And cast the worthless servant into the outer darkness. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’

In this parable, who is the man going on a journey?
Jesus. He is leaving his disciples to ascend into heaven (; the accession).
Who are the servants?
The disciples. Those who are called friends of Jesus and are following him.
What is the property that he refers to?
Everything that belongs to Him. Specifically, gifts to share the Gospel of Jesus with the World.
Romans 12:3 ESV
For by the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think with sober judgment, each according to the measure of faith that God has assigned.

6 Having gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us use them: if prophecy, in proportion to our faith; 7 if service, in our serving; the one who teaches, in his teaching;

Romans 12:6–8 ESV
Having gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us use them: if prophecy, in proportion to our faith; if service, in our serving; the one who teaches, in his teaching; the one who exhorts, in his exhortation; the one who contributes, in generosity; the one who leads, with zeal; the one who does acts of mercy, with cheerfulness.
Romans 12:6-
We all have been given gifts. All for the purpose of service; to multiply the Kingdom. To share with the world the gift of God. To share the Kingdom of Heaven.
What are talents?

one talent equaled 6,000 denarii (one denarius was the equivalent of a day’s wages for a common laborer). The talent was thus analogous to the modern “million”

To one he gave $5 million, to another he gave $2 million, and to the third he gave $1 million.
To another
The issue here isn’t why
Why do you think the master gives each servant a different amount of talents?
The issue here isn’t why he gave more to one than the other, but the stewardship of what was given.
Stewardship: the management of someone else's property.
The Master has entrusted his valuable property to his servants so that they take it and multiply it. Even though he does not explicitly tell them to multiply his property, it is clear that he is putting his servants to “work.” This is supported by the fact that all three servants do in fact work for their Master. They are his servants and talents are their Master’s property.
At no point in the parable is it mentioned that the talents’ ownership changed. They were always the Master’s property. So, it was up to the workers to do something with that which was given to them. In v.27, the Master makes it clear that the third servant could have still multiplied his money if only he would have gone to the banks. However, his laziness kept him from doing that very simple thing. The third servant was NOT a good steward and did not manage his mater’s money well.
Why do you think the master takes away the talent from his third servant who didn’t multiply it? And why does he cast him out? Isn’t it a little harsh?
The third servant was not a good steward with what he was given. He had no idea what he had. He did not understand the worth of what was placed in his hands. The talent, although, it was only one talent, was never meant to be hidden. It was meant to have been taken out, shown, and multiplied.
Why do you think the two who multiplied the master’s property were rewarded?
The two servants were good stewards with their master’s property. They took what they were given and multiplied it. They did not let fear, laziness, or shame dictate their actions. They stood up and answered their Master’s call to multiply his property.
Are you like the first two servants who multiplied their master’s property? Or, are you like the third who hides that precious gift his master has given?
Open your eyes! Understand that you have been given a beautiful treasure. That treasure is the Kingdom of Heaven. You have hope in a world without hope. You have joy in a world filled with sorrow. You have comfort in a world full of pain. You have Jesus in a world desperately in need of a Savior.
Transition
Just like the two servants who multiplied their treasure, we must do the same with the treasure we have been given. You and I have a hope in the Kingdom of Heaven. We must share it with the world so that the world can know and have the gift as well.
Just like the two servants who multiplied their treasure, we must do the same with the treasure we have been given. You and I have a hope in the Kingdom of Heaven. A gift that brings hope, peace, joy and a future. We must share it with the world so that the world can know and have a part as well.

Go and Multiply Your Treasure

31 “When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit on his glorious throne. 32 Before him will be gathered all the nations, and he will separate people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. 33 And he will place the sheep on his right, but the goats on the left. 34 Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world.

Matthew 25:31–34 ESV
“When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit on his glorious throne. Before him will be gathered all the nations, and he will separate people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. And he will place the sheep on his right, but the goats on the left. Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world.
Matthew 25:Jesus is coming back soon, and on that day he will separate the good stewards from the bad ones.
Jesus is coming back soon, and on that day he will separate the good stewards from the bad ones.
When Jesus comes back, what will he say to you? Will he say, “you wicked and slothful servant?” Or will he say, “well done, my good and faithful servant?”
We must stand up and be good stewards with what God has given us. He has entrusted you and I with the Kingdom of Heaven and we must share this treasure with the world. And we can share it by doing three things:
Move quickly
Give up everything for the Kingdom of Heaven
Don’t let fear, laziness, or shame dictate your actions
If you do these three things, then there is nothing stoping you from multiplying your Master’s treasure; there is nothing stopping you from sharing your inherited Kingdom of Heaven.
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