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To one he gave five talents, to another two, to another one; to each according to his ability (Matthew 25:15)

This verse contained in the long prophetic sermon seems to summarize all the teaching of it; We must not ignore in fact that the prophetic sermon is not only the announcement, the anticipation of future events, of the things of the last times, but it is also and perhaps above all a panoramic lesson of Christian life! It is logical that this is so because if the sermon speaks to us of the return of Christ, of the Bridegroom, of the Lord, of the Master, of the Judge, it must also speak to us of the suitable way to receive and meet Him. The lesson teaches us vigilance, fidelity, fervor, Service, love. It is expressed with simple but decisive accents and repeats to us:

He returns, he can return at night, as for the two who were together in a bed; he can return at dawn as for the two women who were grinding together with the same one he can return during the day as for the two men who worked side by side in the fields, at the same time, he returns for one at night for the other during the day, for all suddenly and those Christian will be taken and the others left.

He comes back . you want to find sober, balanced and attentive servants in his service; servants who do not reput late 'the passing of years or centuries but who know how to give food and guidance to their fellow men.

He comes back . it can come when the shadows of the night have fallen and become thick, when, when everything is an invitation to rest and sleep, when the cry of the announcement: `` Here is the Bridegroom coming '' - it can resound like a word that tears apart He comes and you want to find a small jar full of oil, because those virgins who will be able to make the light of their lamp shine and spread around the light warmth of them will be welcomed in the quiet and bright rooms of joy eternal.

He returns and returns to call around him the servants to whom he has entrusted his wealth; he wants a relationship that speaks of their service, their dedication, their activity and He is ready to reward, ready to punish, ready to praise and ready to blame according to each one's work.

He returns to welcome men and separate them; He is still and always the Shepherd, or rather the Good Shepherd, but this time he divides the lambs from the kids: he returns to put the kids on the left and the lambs on the right because the former are the expression of hatred and indifference and the according to the personification of love and sensitivity.

He returns He returns He returns He returns He returns

Here before us are the five aspects of a lesson that profoundly teaches us the importance of a fruitful and exuberant life. The summary of the lesson is contained in our text which states how God works towards us and how we must work towards God.


Paul writes in his last epistle I have finished the course ; it certainly also refers to the course of his life, but he wants above all to speak of the `` course '' that God has set before him, to fulfill the plan of his will and his service. Each of us, our text seems to tell us, has a course which is a series of opportunities granted by God to experience our Christian personality.

After being called by God, no one is left idle because the divine plan provides for a `` course '' for everyone, everyone must take personal responsibility in the presence of the Lord and work, while they are in the body, in order to be paid in the end . As believers as ministers as churches, as movements we have received a program from God and in this are contained the works prepared for us and the opportunities for our life. Let us remember: the opportunities of the servants that are presented to us by the text of our meditation are also our opportunities. But God not only prepares a course, some opportunities, but also offers a capital; we cannot prepare the works ourselves and much less we can operate them with our natural resources: every sufficiency comes to us from God.He remembers that our nature is weak that our poverty is profound.He sees that without him we can do nothing indeed that we are not even capable of thinking anything - our strengths, our armies without the Spirit of the Lord they could go very far. Therefore, the one who offers opportunities also offers capital, His capital. Grace, power, wisdom, authority and many other names similar to these speak to us of God's capital; that is, of the treasure that He entrusts to those who have been called to bear fruit in the glory of His Name.We have testified and testify that our life has been made capable of working the works of God only from the moment that we have received God's capital :this testimony is a recognition of human weakness and poverty and an exaltation of the divine power, that is, of the capital of God.

The prophetic sermon also specifies to us that capital is entrusted and divided in proportion to the capacities of those called to service; no one is forgotten, everyone receives, but each receives according to his ability. Perhaps this means that the responsibilities of a minister differ from the responsibilities of a simple believer, just as the responsibilities of a church are different from the responsibility of a mission, but above all it means that vocations and gifts from God they require a qualification on the part of man.

When I speak of qualification I do not want and cannot refer to those natural or human capacities that distinguish men from one another. If Jesus himself said: I praise you, Father, that you have hidden these things from the wise and wise and revealed them to little children, it is clear that earthly qualifications have no value before God. God has loved and chosen a weak, poor, uncultivated people because they wanted to put the excellence of His grace in earthen vessels that would make their glory stand out even more, but this most excellent grace, this divine power has been distributed according to the measure of the gift of Christ on the basis of individual capacities.

Before God, faith capacity, consecration capacity, sincere humility capacity, submission capacity: these things can also be found in individuals who do not have natural and human capacities, but God will earth account of the spiritual capacities and not of the natural ones.

It is encouraging to know that even if we do not possess social positions and human wisdom we can still have great abilities before the Lord for the service of the Lord. We do not want to forget in fact that not all the fathers of the faith were men of great culture or great wealth and even if we think of the pioneers of Pentecost we remember many of them recruited by God from the poorest and humblest classes of society.


How will we fulfill the task received from God?

Working briskly and boldly for the glory of God.

We have not been elected to jealously and selfishly guard what we have received by holding it tightly in our hand, in our heart or, perhaps in our churches. The Christian is not a `` safety deposit box '', but a banking agent in the service of the Eternal. Sterility is condemned by every page of the Gospel because the seed of the Kingdom has been sown by the great Sower so that it is fertilized and produces fruit.

The situation of those believers, of those churches or of those movements that cannot present before God anything other than what they have received from Him is very sad! They have been enlightened, they present their knowledge; they have been freed from the world, they present their passive separation; they have been visited by His presence, they present their personal emotion.

They have nothing else to present and believe they are giving enough to God by showing the experiences they have had in Him. The fig tree cursed by Jesus, the barren tree of the vineyard, the very vineyard described by Isaiah, remind us in a highly dramatic way that God cannot be satisfied with `` seeing a plant in His vineyard '' and with `` gazing at a tree full of foliage '' or with counting `` branches that look as good as the others, but do not bear fruit ''.

He has given a course, opportunities, capital, now he wants the fruit and he wants it abundant and permanent. A fruit is what we owe to God, but it is. attention - God wants the fruit and also the capital. The worry of bearing the fruit must not stop the concern of conserving capital so that if we presented ourselves in the presence of the Eternal with the fruit, but without capital we would be in the same condition as if we presented ourselves with the capital yes, but without the fruit. .

The Lord approved and blessed those servants who presented themselves before Him with double what they had received because in what they had in their hands there was the fruit and the capital. Let's imagine that the last servant, the unfaithful one, had presented himself to say: Lord, I have a talent, it is what I earned by trading with your capital, but unfortunately the capital is no longer there, I have lost it. What would the Lord's response be? Surely what we find in the message to the church of Ephesus contained in Revelation 2: 4

I know your works, your fatigue, your constancy; I know you have constancy, you have endured many things for my name's sake and you are not tired. But I have this against you: that you have abandoned your first love

You do not seem to hear the Spirit of God saying: `` I have given you love and through that capital you have produced many works and I see your works but no longer the love that aroused and produced them '' ?

And when there are fruits without the capital; when there are works without love, the work of the believer is not worth much before God.


Let's look a little at us, at us Pentecostal Movement, to make the lesson a direct application that can teach us profoundly the message expressed by this passage: We have fruits or we only have what we have received, that is only the celestial capital; or perhaps we no longer have the capital received from God and are speaking only of the fruits?

The fruits are there, it is possible to review the wonderful progress and colossal achievements of our churches, of our Movement.

Pentecost has taken steps forward, gigantic steps that impose the esteem and admiration of Christianity; in short, Pentecost appears today in the splendor of the results of his work; of its traffic. The fruits are here and they are evident but have we guarded and kept the capital?

Let us also contemplate and admire the many and beautiful Bible Schools that have sprung up in America, in Europe, in Asia, in Africa; we also contemplate and admire the myriad of missions that have begun in the world: these are the fruits born of the `` Passion of Christ '', that is, from that divine fire that the fathers of the faith felt coming down again many years ago, when the awakening has come.

The Passion of Christ was given to us from heaven as divine capital and from that priceless treasure the missions were born, the schools were born; that consuming ardor kindled in the soul by the love of Christ aroused a warm, enthusiastic evangelistic service: the need to conquer the world; to bring the lost to salvation, sinners at the foot of the cross pushed Christian workers to every place and missions were born in the most hidden places, in the most inhospitable countries among the most hostile populations.

That same passion has brought into being the Bible Schools, that is, those Christian gymnasiums necessary to satisfy the desire for spiritual or ministerial formation of the young groups; the need for more and more workers, for more and more trained workers was felt by the `` passion of Christ ''.

Today there are missions and schools and we can review the immense and stupendous work accomplished that is the fruit of Christ's passion, but I ask almost with agony: `` The fruit is here before us and above all before God, but the capital where? Is there still that burning passion that produced these stupendous results? Is the passion of Christ still in our hearts, in our life in our churches, in our Movement?

I seem to see that today the passion is lost and few are those who still know how to agonize for the lost; that burning fire that made every Pentecostal a missionary seems to be covered by the ashes of indifference and even if you want to proselytize, you no longer see or rarely see yearning to tear a sinner out of hell.

It is not enough to work to increase the number of churches, it is necessary to suffer for the real salvation of the lost. There is a difference between conquering and adding people to the church even without having had an experience of regeneration and pulling souls from the abyss. In fact, how many missions today represent only a center of Christian culture and how many Bible Schools have been transformed into professional training institutes; why?

Because the fruits are there, they are evident, but the celestial capital is perhaps no longer there.

Warning! The presence of the fruits, of the results, the evidence of the work done could veil our eyes to the point of not letting us see that the capital is lost. attention because He who calls us to examine us wants the fruits but also the capital. Let's briefly consider another talent that has been entrusted by God to His people in this generation: love!

From the love of Christ fraternal communion was born, but above all, in Christian practice, from the love of Christ social and welfare works were born. When the Pentecostal Movement was constituted into an ecclesiastical organism it was poor, inorganized, devoid of any resources, but under the thrust of love great and wonderful works were accomplished in a few years and it is beautiful, in this Conference, to talk about the orphanages of the houses. of rest, of the schools of culture; that is, it is nice to inventory all those activities that have been able to heal wounds and sufferings or that have met the most imperious and urgent needs of the people.

Today these social and welfare works stand before us as the fruit of the love that God, for the Holy Spirit, has poured into the hearts of his people, but does capital still exist? Is there still that divine love from which these works were born, did they come into existence? Isn't there a danger that these fruits too will become the fruits of an artificial plant, of artificial roots?

Where is the ardent love human characteristic of Christianity and the main manifestation of the Pentecostal awakening? Are we still a single family as in the beginning? Do we still know how to love each other up to the deepest respect and the most epic sacrifice?

Do you remember when we entered the Pentecost awakening: we received the same sensation that one receives physically when one enters a hospitable place, after having struggled with the storm and the cold outside; the sweet warmth of love enveloped us with its miraculous breath and awakened in us the life extinguished by the cold of sin and the world.

We immediately saw that we were in the midst of the disciples of the Master; we saw it from the intense love they brought to each other: that true affection, that sincere concern, that authentic familiarity, that readiness in helping, in comfort, in consolation; that communion in joy, in suffering made us clearly recognize that we had met a people who had received the patrimony of God's love.

Brothers, from that patrimony, from that love, welfare and social works were born and today I come out here in front of me the works, the fruits, but is the patrimony still there? It seems to me that our relations have cooled considerably; our communion has become somewhat superficial and formal and as far as familiarity is concerned, I find that it does not extend beyond the circle of personal friendships and this too is more inspired by social conveniences than by the charity of Christ.

Can today's converts find among us the patrimony we have found? Can they feel the same beneficial warmth that enveloped and enlivened our souls when we entered Pentecost?

Brothers God wants the fruit, but also the capital! I think now of another wonderful talent entrusted by God to the Pentecostal Movement: power! My words cannot illustrate the glory and grandeur of this celestial capital, but you who have received it, who have touched it, who have also trafficked it, know well of its supernatural excellence.

Spiritual power has been the richness of the Pentecostal Movement from the earliest days and if men without means, without positions, sometimes without culture were able to turn the world upside down again, it was precisely because power came down from Above once again. .

Power of speech, power of ministry, power of works - do not you too remember that power that overwhelmed the reasoning of the opponents of Pentecost, that power that resurrected the gifts of the Spirit in the church, that power that even made doctors and medicines superfluous for the people of God?

An impetuous river has come down from the Throne of God and rivers of living water have gushed from the bosom of a believing people and these celestial waves have widened and manifested the glory of heaven. Just as in the days of Pentecost crowds were attracted and conquered by this power and from those crowds communities were born, local churches and just as in the days of Pentecost offices, tasks and organization came from this power: you remember the first ordinances of Jerusalem, the first elections among the saints of Jerusalem, the first deacons, the first meeting As then, so in these days, the communities came from Potenza, the organization and the flourishing and numerous communities were born Accurate and effective organization are presented before us as the fruit of power The fruit is here, before us, beautiful,suggestive. but have we kept the capital?

Can we present to God the income of the talents and together with that also the talents that he has entrusted to us?

There is certainly no shortage of eloquent preachers in these days, and skilled ministers are not in short supply; it also seems that there are numerous healers yet many are forced to declare Brothers we have lost power!

Oratory art or psychological methods, the technical training of the ministry, have nothing in common with the power of the Holy Spirit and we we did not receive art and technicality from God, but divine power.

In the days of the Pentecost Fathers, a healer was not expected to experience the virtue of sound because in every group, in every family they knew how to exercise faith and realize the power necessary to be healed. Attention, I do not want to pronounce a negative judgment on the gifts of healing, but I only want to show the absence of a patrimony entrusted by God to the church. Don't you remember when in a simple, very simple Christian life, everything was glory, everything was miracle, everything was power? The fruits of power are beautiful and we remain in admiration in front of the thousands and thousands of communities that have arisen, have been strengthened, grown and even enriched. But if these communities, with all their wealth and organization, are about to become a denomination like many others,resting on a foundation that no longer exists with the glory of a past that has now irremediably faded, then I say: This fruit cannot compensate for the biblical loss of capital.

The fruit is beautiful and tempting, but the power where? Where is that fire, that rushing wind, that divine authority that was yesterday in Pentecost? God want to see the capital, His capital!

Brothers, perhaps you will find that this message sounds like a lamentation, but who knows that Jeremiah's ministry is no more necessary and more appropriate than any other ministry at this time?

No! We cannot feel at ease if in our life the fruit of the talents received from God is absent: a sterile life is not approved by heaven, but we cannot even feel at ease if we present ourselves with arms full of fruit and we no longer have what we need. Was entrusted from the beginning. When the Eternal calls us to appear before His examination, we must respond with the joy of the faithful servant who knows that he has done his utmost in a life and in a fruitful work, but also respond with the gravity of the steward who has been able to jealously preserve the deposit received from heaven.

Brothers, while at this hour God calls us to examine our position, let us not be excessively enthused by the joy of fraternal communion or by the satisfaction of the work and the results that we can relate, but let us see if we are the custodians of the divine talents that the Eternal granted to the Pentecostal revival.

Pentecost is approaching: let us seek an awakening for the awakening so that God's capital may be renewed in us and then let us commit ourselves to making it bear fruit again, also keeping it with fearful diligence in our lives. Amen


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