To every person in His kingdom, God has given the ability to be a productive manager under His ownership. But what does God think about those who squander their skills or don’t even put them to use? In this lesson, Tony Evans looks at the parable of the three slaves who were given much in order to expand their master’s kingdom.

what do you have that you have not

received God claims comprehensive

kingdom ownership of all of creation so

if God owns everything you and I owe

nothing there are no other owners God

has given you the freedom to mess up

what he created in fact he’s given you

and me so much freedom we can hand it

over to the devil if you want if you

grab that that you are nothing including

your own life because it can be taken

you have now set yourself on a journey

of understanding life it’s yours to

manage not yours to own so in the words

of football how bad do you want God has

trouble with a lot of his kids who want

to argue with him in his house his house

in the Bible is called all creation for

the earth is the Lord’s the fullness

thereof the world and all they that

dwell in it it’s his house and he calls

it the kingdom his rule over everything

he has made God has made it clear that

there’s only one owner and you and I are

not he or it that you absolutely own

nothing including your own life because

it can be taken from you God has

declared that he created mankind to be

managers or stewards of what he has

entrusted to them but they were never

ever to up or take a position of

ownership God has called you and me to

be managers stewards of his kingdom


therefore the definition of a kingdom

steward or Kingdom stewardship is the

responsibility to faithfully protect and

expand the resources God has entrusted

to us as managers on his behalf we are

managers on his behalf and there is the

responsibility to protect and expand

that which has been entrusted to us to

manage for him God has given us a call

to management of what he owns when the

story opens up in Matthew chapter 25 we

read the phrase in verse 14 for it is

just like it is just like what’s the it

well in verse 1 of chapter 25 he says

then the kingdom of heaven will be

compared to at the end of the story in

verse 31 he says but when the Son of Man

comes in his glory and all the angels

with him then he will sit on his

glorious throne so Jesus tells this

story to help us understand his

ownership our stewardship and how this

whole thing works and why it matters he

says in verse 14 that a man goes on a

long journey and he takes three slaves

in trust

possessions to them according to their

ability so let’s pause right there the

man goes on the journey he calls three

of his slaves and he says now I’m gonna

give you five talents I’m gonna give you

two talents and I’m gonna give you one

Talent because I’m only gonna give you

what I know you can handle according to

your ability now our talents was a

weight of worth a weight of worth if you

were a slave in Jesus’s day it would

take you 20 years to accumulate a full

talent that’s how valuable a talent was

let me put it another way if the talent

in biblical days was transposed to be

dollars and cents the day a talent would

be worth one point four million dollars

so when we talk about a talent when I

talk about a minimum weight we’re

talking about a maximum weight of worth

so he deposits the talents the three

arenas of talent the three arenas or

spheres that have been entrusted to you

and me and us everybody has all three we

just don’t have the same amount of all

three gave one five one two and one one

so there were different amounts but we

all possess the same three let me just

introduce them now the first thing that

we have that has been entrusted to us is

time says he went on a journey for a

long time you and I have time we don’t

have the same amount of time but we do

have the fact of time when the Bible

talks about time it’s not really talking

about tic-tock tic-tock tic-tock

tic-tock tic-tock know when the Bible

talks about time it’s talking about the


in which opportunities exist second

thing we all have is talent in terms of

a capacity and an ability to be

productive because he’s expecting them

to produce something so there was

capacity everyone in here has god-given

capacity of productivity as a manager

under an owner they were expected to be

productive in their time so we’ve got

time we’ve got abilities Talent and then

we have resources because there was a

weight of worth resources not the same

amount not the same degree but the same

category and so this man goes on a

journey God has a patent on creation he

created it so he patented it and the

issue that stands before us is how will

the managers handle what doesn’t belong

to them but has been entrusted to them

during the absence of the owner

well obviously Jesus was talking about

himself on the cross he died three days

later he rose from the dead 40 days lady

stepped on the cloud and ascended up to

heaven so he’s now currently absent he’s

physically absent he’s gone on a journey

he’s left time he’s gone into eternity

for now it says he went for a long time

Jesus died 2,000 years ago so he’s been

gone a long time in the myths or in the

meantime he has entrusted in stewards as

managers to on his behalf with whatever

he’s entrusted to them and remember

anything you have has been entrusted to

you because you don’t know anything

and neither do I and so the three

servants have been entrusted with

possessions but not bears belongs to the

owner now

the story says that God number one had

five talents and he went out and he got

productive and doubled it five more

talents the second guy had two talents

went out and doubled it

he was productive so he has now four


it says slave number three we’re gonna

spend a little time on door number three

dug a hole and put his talent in the

hole Oh

now it gets interesting because we’re

told in verse 19 now after a long time

the master of those slaves came and

settled accounts with them Jesus is

talking obviously about himself he’s

been gone a long time but I think I need

to serve notice on me you and us he is

coming back

I studied the Bible in college for four

years and studied the Bible’s before you

as definitely master’s degree another

four years we’re getting about their

degree and then I’ve been preaching all

of these years and I’m still learning

new things from this awesome

inexhaustibility world of games that’s

why I’m so excited about the twenty

heaven Study Bible and its accompanying

words the Tony Evans Bible commentary it

will take all of this training and this

teaching and make it available to you to

understand utilize and apply God’s most



what you need to understand is Jesus is

gonna come back and when it comes back

there will be an accounting the question

is going to be asked how is my name my

kingdom and my possessions been handled

that I put temporarily or loan to you to

handle for me that’s gonna be the

question the Bible declares that this

question will be asked 2nd Corinthians

5:10 at the judgment seat of Christ for

we shall all appear before the judgment

seat of Christ to give an account tell

me how you use your time for my kingdom

tell me how you use your talents for my

kingdom tell me how you use your

treasures for my kingdom tell me I want

to know in fact you don’t even have to

tell me I got a taped for there is a

record of the account he comes to settle

an account and it comes to door number

one slave number one then when he comes

the slave number one the one who

received five talents at verse 20 says

master here you gave me five I’ve

doubled it his master said to him well

done good and faithful slave you were

faithful with a few things I will put

you in charge of many things enter into

the joy of your master door number two

slave number two come say master you

gave me two here’s four I’ve doubled it

the master said in verse 23 well done

good and faithful slave you are faithful

with a few things but I will put you in

charge of many things enter into the joy

of your master so because they were

productive in the time

with the resources when the master

settles an account he says first of all

commendation well done because I could

depend on you faithful and therefore you

were faithful over a few things the one

verse 24 who had received one Talent

Master I know you a hard man we’ve been

where you did not sow gathering where

you scattered no seed and I was spurred

I was afraid so I went away and I hid

your talent in the ground see you have

what is yours wait a minute wait a

minute master it ain’t all bad

I ain’t double it but I ain’t lose it

cuz here right here it’s in the dirt let

me dig this thing up here it’s in the

dirt here’s your talent so I can’t show

you where I did anything with it but at

least I didn’t lose it so let’s talk

about slave number three just in case

there’s some slave number three’s in the

house slave number three slave number

three digs a hole and he puts it in

there why cuz he don’t wanna do to work

when he called lazy but not only is he

that he’s also wicked so he’s lazy

but he’s wicked that’s why I put it in a

hole see if you put it in the bank the

bank keeps a record banks keep records

when you to make a deposit there’s a

record of the deposit that’s the whole

point of a bank to protect it but so you

know what ya protect it when you put it

in a hole there is no record if he comes

back he’s got his money but but i but

but if he doesn’t come back I know where

this is and it’ll be available to me you

said you know me you know my

expectations you know I’m a hard man

you know I have high demands you know I

don’t want cheap leftovers you know that

you see at the heart of this guy’s


he’s not sure he’s willing to risk it

all on the fact that the Masters coming

back see that that’s his that’s his

issue verse 28 therefore take away the

talent from him and give it to the one

who has the ten talents okay that stuff

he hid take it and give it to the guy

who maximized his kingdom potential

here’s the principle verse 29 for to

everyone who has more shall be given and

he will have an abundance but to the one

who does not have even what he has

she’ll be taken away so God is taking

back his stuff because it’s his since

possession so since I’m not included in

your program I’m taking it back and I’m

a handed somebody else now here’s where

it gets interesting and confusing verse

30 throw out the worthless slave into

the outer darkness in that place where

there will be weeping and gnashing of

teeth now I know that sounds like hell

but it’s not these are slaves of the

master they belong to the master

secondly the issue has nothing to do

with eternal life the issue has to do

with the kind of work you performed and

you’re not saved by your work you saved

by grace apart from works so this has

nothing to do with going to heaven

because this has

do with reward for work and you don’t

get to heaven by being rewarded for work

by grace are you saved through faith not

according to works so that no man should

boast so this is not this is not hell

the phrase outer darkness and the

weeping and gnashing of teeth is a

Semitic phrase that means profound

regret weeping you’re crying you’re sad


gnashing of teeth profound regret many

if not most of the people in here have

varying levels of regret things that you

look back on and you say when you think

about it you go I would have done this

differently said this differently been

there differently I would have done it

differently if I could do it over again

and there are regrets and depending on

what it is the profundity of it can

express itself in a in a deep way

I will cast him into outer darkness

where there is weeping and gnashing of

teeth okay what does this mean

when Jesus Christ returns he is

returning to set up his Millennial

Kingdom that is the 1,000 year reign of

Christ on earth let me summarise when

Christ comes back he loops around the

Sun for the Bible says that the whole

world will see him so he will loop

around the Sun and he will make his

entrance and he will land that the Bible

says on the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem

and the Bible says that in Jerusalem he

will set up his throne to rule the earth

with a rod of iron to rule it by force a

rod of iron there will be no rebellion

under his 1,000 year rule none no open


and the earth will be what God intended

it to be the lion will lay down with the

lamb all of those scriptures that talk

about not heaven up there

heaven down here on earth as Jesus

Christ rules the earth as king of the

earth for remember is his he men will

assign believers Christians to varying

levels of responsibility based on their

faithful Kingdom stewardship some will

be over City some will be over state

some will be over country some will be

over communities there will be varying

levels of responsibilities handed out

and varying watch this levels of

excitement okay what he is saying is

that God is not going to ignore the fact

that you ignored your stewardship

yes salvation is free heaven is free the

price has already been paid but your

stewardship is a responsibility and the

only way you will meet that

responsibility is if you give up

ownership and say I am a manager of all

that you’ve entrusted to me and now I

want to manage it according to the

owners specifications and that includes

your life and everything associated with

now I I want to be honest here there is

some struggle there there is some you

know how do I but I got to look after me

I gotta look after what’s mine I got

member but it but it’s for God you know

you know managing all of that I’m

talking about a frame of thinking a

worldview a perspective because God can

do a better job owning me than me can do

only me

okay okay I’m not smart enough to own me

make too many mistakes too many dumb

thoughts too many too many too many

ridiculous actions I’m too I’m not smart

enough to own me and nobody is whatever

inconvenience it is to take this

stewardship mentality let me put this


I don’t like squash I’m not a squash guy

ain’t a vegetable guy but but but

particularly squash squash just doesn’t

do it for me okay so I will avoid squash

if squash is prepared I’m going to avoid

it I’m going to pass it on because I’m

doesn’t doesn’t doesn’t get me to to eat

squash but if you said to me Evans if

you um agreed to eat squash every day

for a year I will pay for all of your

groceries for the rest of your life I

can tell you now my attitude toward

squash is going to change

because now I’m looking at something I

don’t prefer through a different lens

I’m looking at the long-term benefit

that’s gonna outweigh the short-term

inconvenience see if all you see is

what’s right in front of you right now

and you don’t believe Jesus is coming

back in a serious way and that those

rewards are going to blow your mind then

you’re going to take the position of an

owner but if you’re willing to take the

faith risk that everything I have

belongs to him and I want to use it yes

it will benefit me yes it will benefit

others but at the same time it’s all

designed to benefit him as the owner and

you will adopt that worldview as a

kingdom steward

I can guarantee you based on the Word of

God that he is going to blow your mind

when he calls for your audit now you

can’t change yesterday but you can do a

lot about tomorrow


each of us are responsible for taking

the time the talents and the treasures

that God has given us and using them for

his kingdom purposes when we refuse to

use our time talents and treasures for

his purpose then we are bad stewards

because God has given us a management

responsibility not an ownership


the moment we make it for ourselves

oh and building our own Kingdom we have

now changed from manages to owners if

you want to be an owner you got to

create your own world but if you’re

living in this world the world that God

needs and the world that we were birthed

into and one day will depart from the

question on the floor is did you take

proper responsibilities for what I have

entrusted to you for my purposes this is

a shift in mindset when you make this

shift in mindset now the owner God can

relate to you in a way that benefits you

because you are relating to him in the

position that he has given you in me and

that is as managers not as owners so

when you look at what God has placed in

your hand under your care and for your

responsibility remember he’d want to ask

you how responsible were you with what I

entrusted you to handle