God knew what he gave you. God’s not mad at
you over the time that you don’t have. But see, we have to snatch back the little moments
where we can meet with God. Some of us were saying, “Well, I would pray more, but it’s
just so busy in my life.” So, we’re waiting on like a whole weekend to spend with God
where we can go to Scotland and have some scenery, and I’m going to memorize a book
of the Bible one day.” You better take that phone, pull up that Bible
app and sneak away to the bathroom during lunch. I used to do this in college because
it is not how much time you have. God can speak to you in three minutes and change the
next 30 years of your life. Flip it. Turn it into something. That was the master’s happiness.
He’s like, “Cool man, I gave you five, you brought me 10. I gave you an opportunity.
You made it better. I’m happy about it.” The master was happy, the servant was happy except
the one. The one who got one bag. He was probably happy at first because there
are only three servants that got anything in this passage. And I guarantee you there
were more than three that worked for the master. Can we study the Bible? You all looking at
me crazy right now. Can we study the Bible? What else do you all want to do? So, it’s
a blessing to be trusted with anything, right? A lot of people didn’t make it to your age.
A lot of people didn’t survive. So, it’s a blessing just to breathe. If you do the math
on it, it is a blessing just to be here. The odds that you would even be here are very,
very low. The odds that you would have the opportunity to still be breathing, so it’s
a blessing just to have a bag. It’s a blessing just to be saved. We don’t shout over that.
I don’t know why. I don’t know why we get so entitled when we start off really grateful,
but probably it’s comparison. That’s probably why we do it. Probably the guy with one bag
was skipping down the street when he first got it. Don’t you think? “My master just gave
me a bag. I got the bag. I got the bag. I got the bag. I got the bag.” And he doesn’t have a name in the parable.
Jesus didn’t give names in parables. That’s how we know they’re not real stories. She’s
used them to illustrate a purpose. But we’ll call him Billy, just to… One Bag Billy.
Any One Bag Billies in the house? Come on, I’m not the smartest. I did not go to Harvard.
I did not go to Yale. I barely passed biology. Any One Bag Billies? Billy’s skipping down
the street. “I got the bag.” And Billy was so happy about the bag until he ran into the
other guy. And the other guy was like, “What’s up, Billy?”
And Billy’s like, “I got the bag.” And then the other guy was like, “I got the bags too.”
And Billy’s like, “Did you say bags? Plural?” And then, the Timmy, Two Bag Timmy… “Come
on, you all. I’m working for the Lord up here.” Two Bag Timmy’s like, “Yeah. He gave me two
bags.” Billy’s like, “Two bags?” “How many bags you got?” “Well, just the one. I’m a
one bagger.” You felt good about what you had until you went on Instagram. This has needs to be in the parable. One Bag
Billy went on Instagram. And not only did he see Timmy skipping with two bags, but here
about the time that he sees Timmy, here comes Freddy, Five Bag Freddy. Freddy’s like, “Eyy.”
And God told me to tell you this very succinct statement. This is something I want you to
get in your spirit right now, you got a lot. It’s going to take a little math and some
of us are bad at math, but you really got a lot. As a matter of fact, we mentioned breath.
Let me tell you what I googled this week. If we live to be 71 and I don’t know if we’re
going to make it if we keep watching CNN and Fox news and scrolling Twitter, we might not
make it to 71 if we keep giving ourselves ulcers and blaming it on the devil when really
it’s our viewing habits and our clicking habits and our watch time. Amen. But if we make it
to 71, we will take 750 million breaths. You just did it again. You just did it again.
But it’s easy to feel fear. When Billy went on Instagram and saw it was two talent Tuesday,
all of a sudden, he went, “Oh, man.” Sometimes, you feel good about your vacation until you
see somebody else’s. “Man, I felt good about my physique the other day because I’ve been
working out, man, for like six years now.” And then, The Rock came on my phone. Dwayne
Johnson came on my phone, I put on a hoodie. And here’s what I’m trying to say. Can you
all handle a real sermon or do you need angels flapping around? See, the kingdom is here
and now, and the thing about it is he gave him a lot. You’re like, “No, it’s not a lot.
He only had one bag. Poor Billy. But Billy only had one bag, preacher. Steve. I don’t
think it’s very fair to compare Billy.” No, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no. You call it
a bag. It says a bag because it was a talent, but a talent was a unit of measurement. And when it said he gave him one talent, what
that represented was 6,000… hold up. 6,000, it’s about 20 years, right? 6,000 days of
a day laborer’s wage. So now, we’re crossing cultures here. This is an ancient measurement
and it doesn’t convert into U S currency or whatever you’re watching this in pounds or
pesos or any of that. But if we track it back, it’s hard to make the connection because this
is at the ancient texts that we’re trying to bring into modern times. But roughly, we
could say that he was entrusted with 6,000 days of wages, one talent. And see, it depends on how you count it, how
much you see it as be. I’m about to preach on this math lesson. 6,000, that would be
roughly over $1 million. If you convert the currency, it doesn’t exactly convert… it’s
hard to do the conversion from Palestine to Ballantine. That was premium. That was premium
preacher stuff right there. But if we could convert it, it’s like saying he had a million.
He had million. To me, a million is a lot. Maybe not to you,
but to me… how many of you $1 million is a lot and you will take it if somebody wants
to Venmo right now to your account? Come on, somebody holler, cash up me, cash shop me
the… I will take it. 1 million is a lot to me, a million is a lot to me. Ain’t it
crazy how the devil can cause you to see a little where there’s really a lot? So now,
we get stuck because we measure incorrectly. I was reading the text over and over again,
feeling bad for Billy. And the Lord said, “It’s still a million.” Somebody say, “Still
a million.” Come on, you are not doing it. Matthew say, “Still a million.” Everybody
on YouTube, put it in the chat, “It’s still a million. It’s still a million. It’s still
a million. It’s still a million.” I bet you you’ve got a million things to thank God for
in your life right now. But see, in our culture, we worship the bag and so we never see what’s
in it. We worshiped the flesh. We’re so carnal we
can only see followers so we don’t pay attention to the favor of God that has been working
in your life since you were a child. God was with you and one word from God is a lot. Let
me say it another way. One drop of blood was a lot. One drop. If you got the blood of Jesus
covering your sin, removing your shame and canceling the record of the law that stood
against you, if you’ve got forgiveness in life in his name, shout, “I got a lot.” Tell
the devil, “I got a lot. It’s still a million. I might not have what they have, but I got
breath and everything that has breath praise….” It’s still a million. It’s still a million.
You’re still here. You’re still saved. He still loves you is still a million. So, you
have to break down your blessings so you don’t take them for granted. The devil operates
in generalities to keep you from seeing the treasure of your talent. Always envious of
somebody else’s. I’m telling you right now, this message will change your life because
some of you, you think you are stuck with what you started with and you’re not. I promise
you’re not. Flip the bag. God made some people such good listeners that
they can get promoted on what they don’t say. Double down on your gift. “Well, I’m not that
good with words.” Then shut up and look smart. In the meeting, just squint your eyebrows.
Everybody be like, “He’s deep.” They won’t know how dumb you feel. Flip the bag. Work
that shy gift. “Oh, he’s mysterious.” You might get a wife being shy. She won’t find
out you’re boring until it’s too late. And listen, I was thinking the other day,
I went over to my mom’s for dinner Wednesday night. We go over there every week and she
cooks for me. Oh, she made this meatloaf this week, paleo meatloaf. It was good. Better
than it sounds. They don’t sound good but it was good. And I looked at that platinum
record that I took over to her house for O Come to the Altar. This started with a voice
memo I sang in my song in my phone, just a little scrap of a song that Chris and Wade
and Mack and the team came around and we finished it. But now listen, when I looked at the platinum
record, what I thought about was how my mom took the talent that God gave her as a mom.
And it was right that I took the record to her house. When people come to see my mom,
she stops them because it’s right in the foyer. It’s not in some back room, it is right there
at the door. In fact, you can see them from the road. When you sell a certain number of
songs, they give you a gold record and a platinum record. I gave her the gold. I gave her the platinum.
She didn’t know you replaced the gold with the platinum. She put both of them up there
side by side. My mom is the one who worked it out for me to go take guitar lessons. She
does not play guitar. But she took her talent, you understand? And when they couldn’t afford
guitar lessons for me, my dad started cutting Harold Staley’s hair for free so he would
teach me. My dad couldn’t teach me guitar, but he could give a fade. What I’m saying is that it’s right that the
platinum record is hanging on her wall because she is the one who flipped the gift. Some
of you don’t even know the difference that you’re making right now. And it brought back
a memory. When Harold couldn’t teach me anymore, I needed another teacher that charged money.
And she would drop me off at Jack Cribb’s house. Jack Cribb was a local legend. Wasn’t
he too?. Customs Four Plus Two, they played it every Fourth of July festival Moncks Corner
ever had. But he taught lessons in his garage and he
sat on the freezer. It’s a real fancy setup too now. He sat on the freezer and I got the
stool. And he taught me the Beach songs that would teach me the chords. I don’t know a
lot of cords. I’m not a music theorist, but the chords I know, I put them to work. It’s
not how many cords I know, it’s what I do with them that makes you feel it. You don’t
have to know a lot. You don’t have to know a lot. I promise you, you don’t need a big
vocabulary. My mom didn’t even have so much money. So,
what she would do… and she was like, “How did you remember this?” when I shared it last
night. I was like, “Because you made me help.” She would take pine cones. I had to go out
in the yard and get pine cones. And then, she would take the pine cones and dip them
in scented wax. And she would dip them in wax and sell them at Christmas times like
decorations. And I was thinking this in my mind, I was thinking, she turned pine comes
into platinum. I was thinking about this. Come on, if you
have the faith to receive this word, God said there is something right now that you can
dip. There is something right now that you can do. There is something right now that
you can double, double, double, double, double. I hear God saying you are not stuck if you
will take what he has invested and sow it forward, you’ll have no idea what he might
put on your wall.