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Die and Multiply

B. Parks


A special camp meeting sermon for Lay Bible Workers in Minnesota. Imagine if you were given a briefcase of money, what would you do with it? 


B. Parks

B. Parks and family have been church planters with Adventist Frontier Missions in the Middle East for over 10 years.  He is an ordained SDA pastor, motivational speaker and author.  


  • September 20, 2018
    8:00 AM


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Let's turn in our Bibles to Luke Chapter 19 and in this chapter starting in verse 11 we see these words while they were listening to this he went on to tell them a parable So there's a curiosity there while they're listening to what. Well the what is in the verses right before that where is Jesus at here you are in Luke 19 and verse 11 says while they were listening to this he went on to tell them a parable So this is the parable of the 10 men mean is very similar to the 10 talents but it's a different parable altogether what where was he at when he's telling this parable he's in Jericho where and Zacchaeus is House now this is a story that was told in this wealthy man's house interesting that he would choose a story about finance and money while he's at a wealthy man's house. Zacchaeus of course looked wealthy on the outside but to himself he was just an empty shell of a man from of the all outward appearance he was educated and powerful but to himself he was ignorant ignorant of the most essential knowledge how to be happy to everybody else they looked at Zacchaeus and they saw a secure content shrewd powerful man but really he was weak restless helpless and discontent and now Jesus comes to his house. And there's a transformation and we see that transformation in the last last few verses there preceding the parable look at verse 8 but Zacchaeus stood up and said to the Lord Lucan Lord here and now I give half of my possessions to the poor and if I have cheated anybody out of anything I will pay back 4 times the amount and Jesus a D.M. today salvation has come to this house because this man too is a son of Abraham the Son of Man came to seek and save that which was lost when a moment of joy that would have been and so it was in this atmosphere of laughter and hilarity is that accurate says pulling money out of you know different places he'd hidden it under his mattress and under the rug and behind pictures and people are joyous as he's passing out money and you know it was it there is a certain happiness about repentance My mom always would share about me as a little boy when as a 3 year old I had refused to pick up my blocks that were on the floor and my mom said Byard you must pick up the box and I would say I was having a temper tantrum and I kicked and I screamed and she wouldn't let me go and she testifies that we sat there for about 2 hours and I would continually take my mom's hand put her hand over the blocks and a shot I wanted her as a 3 year old to demand my will that she would put the blocks away and she would take my head and demanded I did it and it was just a real tussle of the power of the strong willed child. Well at the end of that 2 and a half hours finally I repented and I put the blocks in the thing and she says at the end of that moment there was just this whole era T. and I began to roll around on the ground I was so happy because I had obeyed I had done the right thing I as my Will had been turned over to the one who it should be submitted to and you know we see this when people confess and repent of their sins there's just certain happiness that comes when they do the right thing and I can only imagine that's exactly what happened in Zacchaeus his home at that night he just must have been like a drunk man as he's he's. Giving back all that he had stolen and then Jesus tells this unique parable here in starting in verse 11 while they were listening to this he went on to tell them a parable because he was near Jerusalem and the people thought that the Kingdom of God was going to appear at once he said a man of noble birth went to a distant country to have himself appointed king and then to return verse 13 so he called 10 of his servants and gave them 10 mean is a mean A is a piece of silver put this money to work he said until I come back now the. E.S.B. actually says in gaijin business until I come back I think the King James says occupy but if you can think about this do business do business is really what he's saying saying put this money into an investment right I don't want to come back and have the money just be what it is verse 14 but his subjects hated him and sent a delegation after him saying we don't want this man to be our king. He has made he was made king however and returned home then he went for the servants then he sent for the servants to whom he had given the money in order to find out what they had gained with it or that yes he says by what they had gotten by doing what business right the 1st one came and said Sir your mina has earned 10 more well done my good servant his master replied Because you have been trustworthy in a very small matter take charge of 10 cities the 2nd game instance or your mina has earned 5 more his master answered you take charge of 5 cities then another servant came and said Sir here is your being I have kept it laid away in a piece of quad I was afraid of you because you were a hard man you take out what you did not put in and reap what you did not so it is Master replied I I will judge you by your own words you wicked servant you knew did you that I am a hard man taking out what I did not put in and reaping what I did not so verse 23 Why then didn't you put my money on deposit so that when I came back I could have collected it with interest then he said to the one standing by take his Mina away from him and give it to the one who has 10 mean is now this always seems a little confusing why would you give it to the guy who has 10 instead of giving to the guy less 5 or to you know why because he was interested in business give it to the best guy I want more money right in verse 26 he replied I tell you that every one who has more will be given but as for the one who has nothing even what he has will be taken away but those any me's of mine who did not want me to be king over them bring them here and kill them in front of me what's this parable about. In I.V. put this money to work King James occupy until I come. On E S V engage in business until I come New King James Version do business what is this all about what kind of business is this why was Jesus talking about this money 1st question who is the king God OK what's a business when souls are very good you know so the man of noble birth went to a distant country to have himself appointed king and then to return Who is this king is Jesus isn't it yeah so Jesus is the king and now he is giving out some silver and the silver is supposed to multiply right he wants more of the substance that he gave the Minas the silver when he comes back than what he gave in the 1st place which is that silver the Gospel beautiful Peter and John were headed to the temple saw a lame man there on the steps of the gate beautiful silver and gold I do not have but what I have I give you in the name of Jesus Christ. Rise up and walk really the name of Jesus is the gospel isn't it in the name of Jesus miracles happen I was working with this demon possessed man I told you a piece of a story this morning when I am talking to that demon he began to squirm just at the name of Jesus he began to Howell and shout they can't stand the name of Jesus I was in the new Nepal a few years ago met a man I was teaching a seminar for Bible workers they'd come Gospel Outreach workers some of them walk 5 days on mountain roads to come to the seminar is teaching them practical things just of how to hold a communion service and these kind of of things one man there he impressed me he seemed to be expression of the spiritual but when I was doing teaching he would fall asleep and I was so frustrated with this and so I went up spent talking with him and I don't know exactly if I was the cause of his sleep I hope not but. He was a tailor and he began to tell me his testimony through a translator and this is his story now we're talking about the name of Jesus the power of the name of Jesus the silver that has been given to each of the workers. This man was a Hindu and he went down one day to visit some family in deeper India by bus he went down there and when he met his brother his brother had become a Christian so each day they would open the Bible and read the stories of Jesus 1st time this man the man who was attending my seminar his name was Krishna 1st time Krishna had ever heard about Jesus introduced to Jesus he hears the Jesus heals a blind man next day heals of leper next day heals a deaf person he's intrigued with the story line but that's all he really knows then vacations over has to get back on a bus and so they take him to the bus station and there his little niece 5 year old 6 year old niece comes and says Uncle Krishna I will pray for you before you get on the bus she prays Dear Jesus keep my uncle Krishna safe in your name Jesus name a man Krishna gets on the bus there heading back to Nepal on the winding roads some of the drop offs A 1500 feet deep and suddenly another bus comes around the corner Hong Kong is bus Krishna's bus careens off of the side of a cliff bounces down down down down burst into flames and Krishna wakes up and everybody around there is dead he's covered in blood it's the blood of other people find body parts everywhere and he's laying there he starts to feel himself and he realizes he's totally intact and there's nothing remaining except for him and just at that moment the voice comes back to his ears in the name of Jesus keep my uncle Krishna safe and he looks up into the sky and he says Jesus Who are you. What kind of god are you a man who believed in a millions of gods you know and so he goes he finds his way back up to civilization gets on the trail back up to his village and finally gets to his his place and he just thinks about all of what has happened on his little tailor shop there he had named it Krishna tailor and he decides how can I on are this God Jesus who has saved my life and he decides I will rename my tailor shop Jesus Taylor because that's how you on are a god right so we put some jesus Taylor and then he thinks nobody is going to know who Jesus is I think he never heard of that god so he puts the only thing he knows about the God that he has now found Jesus Taylor sick people made well now I'm talking to this guy has I'm talking to you today hearing this firsthand he said that people came to his tailor shop to get their shirts fixed and they said Krishna What's this about your tailor shop has changed names and he began to tell the story of his miracle in our testimony that are talking about Jesus simply what do we say find a moment that is most precious to you right he gave the story of the miracle that God had done for Him Jesus had done for him people were listening convinced convicted Jesus sick people made well they're like well I. I have a broken arm could heal that what I have deaf of deaf ear could heal that and so Krishna in faith began to tell me about him healing one person after another by laying hands on them in the name of Jesus Christ would you heal this man and he said Pretty soon people started coming to his tailor shop because so many people were being healed he didn't even have time to so close it him or the name of Jesus name of Jesus we love Jesus He loves us he's given us the Silver put it to work do business in telecom he's not interested in coming back and finding no business being done he wants an an active multiplication he's he's interested in investment and Jesus interested in evangelism is it no wonder that when Jesus 1st met the disciples what did he tell them I will make you fishers of men that was is the whole concept that he was interested in I will make you fishers of men to make is an active concept he's going to send His Holy Spirit and shape you you've come today to be somehow molded hey that's what Jesus is interested in to shape you know to be fishers of men that this passion Jesus is interested in faithful in this faithfulness that will in the yielding fruit this into this quote he who begins with a little knowledge in a humble way and tells what he knows. You begins with a little knowledge the humble way and tells what he knows while seeking diligently for further knowledge will find the whole heavenly treasure awaiting his demand the more he seeks to impart light the more light he will receive how you're you've got it friends you're going home you give out you give out what are you going to get the whole heavenly Trager is going to come into you to give out it's going to just you're going to grow and grow and grow because Jesus is interested in making you into fishers of men the more one tries to explain the word to others with the love for souls the plainer it will become to himself men. Write this did Peter ever think he would be made into a man who would raise Tabitha from the dead this foul mouth fisherman man who swore at every other word and now is going to be used to raise a woman from the dead did this fisherman think his handwritten words would be carried into the hands of billions of people around the world Peter writes that letter of 1st Peter and it studied by doctorate degree men what can Jesus make of you Karen Lewis you know when I met Karen she was selling trinkets and little posters and things for elementary schools she was a fundraiser and I said Karen you can't sell trinkets arrest of your life when you've got this gospel burning in your heart Praise God you believe that word took action and yeah you pray some people from the dead Thank you Karen and some of you Jesus has plans for you miracles that yet await your hands because you're filled with the Holy Spirit. You know the Book of Revelation ins with these words about the laity the laity it says of a movement of passing from one to another to multiply it says in Revelation $22.00 the spirit and the bride say Come and let him who hears say come you got it I tell you the gospel you hear it and now you pass it on and you say come and this is what we've got to think about is we're training faithful men and women who will then train others and that's the way multiplication works we're not just seeking baptisms we're looking for faithful men who can multiply faithful women who who'll engage in this business is well can you imagine fear if I don't know who's the wealthy people of Minnesota in Nebraska we have Warren Buffett come on come on can you match it can you match it Pillsbury is here what if he calls you up and says I'd like to have have a meeting with you today be like wow this is very interesting and so he invites you to a really ritzy restaurant and you're sitting there he's got this briefcase next to him and in the midst of the conversation he says you know I've been watching you and I just I really feel like you've got potential and huge just like home one hand and believe that I'm hearing this and he's like Mr Pillsbury says to you. You know I've been thinking about it and I I just want to give you some thing to invest pulls out his briefcase like this and he sets it there. He said you know you're just like this briefcase is full of cash I have seen this in the movies I know when he pops that thing this is going to be amazing Lord help me not to faint and so he opens the briefcase you hear that sound and then he pulls out from his briefcase a potato. And he says you know I've thought a lot about this and I want to give you this the spuds for you. Tears begin should be set on your face. You know a potato is just a simple thing but you he says I want in one year you're going to check in with me and I want to return on my investment you go home you're mad you're angry and then you think maybe this is a test maybe maybe he's got something bigger in mind for me it's just a test what can I do with this potato to boil this potato. I could bake this potato I could fry the potato I could sell it for French fries Yeah that's it I said sell I'm not going to make enough money on that we're going to do we're going to do mash the potato a dice the put to. Your mind you know Batavia dumplings potato pancakes you're thinking about the potato now you're just driving home I got to do something Mr Pillsbury scoured none may. And then it comes to you staring I to I with the potato. That's at yes in the eyes that said I got up but I doubt and so you get home when you carefully cut the potato in pieces and now you go out in your in your pajamas digging in the backyard your wife's like you know tell it out there you're like I got to get this thing growing Mr Pillsbury is waiting for me and so you plant every eye and you know what that potato starch the sprout it starts to grow and it becomes your passion you think about it day and night because you're going to multiply that thing several months go by and you dig up the potatoes you've got 18 potatoes. Let's do what you catch it this is the pleasing thing to the Lord invest and you know what about every one of those 18 potatoes is they have the potential to grow you're not going to eat that thing you're going to plant that thing because they've got eyes as well and this is exactly what Jesus says Turn in your Bibles to John Chapter 10 Jesus says about the seed. You're wrong after it's in John Chapter 12 verse $23.00 Jesus replied the hour has come for the son of man to be glorified I tell you the truth unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies it remains only a single seed but if it dies it produces many seeds the man who loves his life will lose it well the man who hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life Ellen White in Christ object lesson says the law of self-sacrifice is the law of self-preservation the farmer preserves the wheat by casting it to die the life that is spent on self is like the grain that is eaten I got one potato should I eat it. So I boil it you got one life to live what's Jesus talking about dying we die to so our time our night or our interest in the movies our interest in the shows no die to self let Jesus come in and that man who rose from the tomb he will rise to life in you and then the power of the name of Jesus that silver name Christ Christ will change the people around you and atmosphere you know there's a text in Corinthians that talks about the aroma of Christ Christ comes into our life and there is just this this fragments this aroma that has a power to convert How do you know this is where we must come to my friends is an appreciation for the death of self that others may live I just close with this in summary what is the law of the faithful man or woman because that's really what the parable is all about is how to be faithful. Jesus wants a steward that takes his words faithfully and does business gets down to business faithful steward agitates speculates and replicates what is the agitate you know Ellen White uses that word in gospel workers agitate agitate agitate she says she's talking about you get in and make some action you think about your territory you think about your friends your neighbors you get down on your knees you agitate for what it is that God has put that dream in you or where do we use that word modern days we think about a washing machine that's going backwards and forwards and backwards and forwards it's agit the agitation right well this is this is you be restless for the Kingdom of God. 2nd thing a faithful man or woman does is they speculate when we use that word speculate it's take a risk right so not everything is clear cut and dried whether you're going to knock on that person's door it's not it's an unknown where they're going to be kind or rude to you you've got to speculate you've got to take some risks for the lord you've got that little seed money that you've been saving and you don't know should I put that into tracks and books to give out should I put it into missions to be able to help the Sudanese in Minneapolis Hey speculate gamble a little bit on God and thirdly to replicate to reproduce one's self that's all Jesus asks is could you replicate yourself be a passionate person in love with Jesus I'm not asking you to go out and and have a big evangelist to crusade just replicate yourself that's the beauty of what Jesus created when he he left there's an interesting quote here looking for it by William Barclay Does anybody know William Barclay he is a British commentator Bible teacher he says this If any man has a vision his immediate problem is how to turn that vision into a reality that is precisely the problem Jesus faced he had to lead men home to God How was he going to do it goes on to talk about how just as Jesus knew he was going to go to the cross and die that was going to solve one problem the sin problem he figured it out I will go to the cross and die but he had another problem how am I going to get that salvation message past 2000 years of say tannic attack and he figured out that one I'm going to plant this in 12 men. 12 men who will reproduce themselves and those people will reproduce them the plan of discipleship was as powerful and important to the gospel as the cross it may not be a surprise to us that Jesus knew from the beginning he would die and that he would raise to life but Jesus also knew from the beginning that he needed men who would touch men how to be fishers of other men Jesus was so far sighted and so that's our call we have be fishers of men Jesus wants fishers of men so I make that appeal in closing if that's your desire to make a commitment right here to one another to say let's be here next year and see if I can find just one other person that I could reproduce and pour myself into Would you commit to that if that's your commitment invite you to stand to your feet right now and make a pledge to heaven Jesus I commit myself to be a disciple or I will agitate I will speculate Jesus it's up to you if I will replicate I pray Jesus that you would give me one person that I could pour my heart into I would teach them how to pray and that Jesus would you teach me how to pray I would teach them how to study the Bible Lord would you teach me father and I would teach them how to witness to others Father I I need to know that myself or this year I commit to you my growth and my multiplication. 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