Chancellor Talks Principles of Success
By Amanda Morad | January 10, 2014
At the start of each semester, Regent University's chancellor and CEO, Dr. M.G. "Pat" Robertson, addresses students, faculty and staff to encourage them in work and study. On Wednesday, Jan. 8, Chancellor Robertson spoke on principles of success.
"If Jesus is the Son of God, and therefore God Himself, the words He spoke carry the same weight as the physical laws of the earth—they are for everyone," he explained. "We heed them at our blessing; we ignore them at our peril."
Honing on a particular set of Jesus' words in Matthew 25, Chancellor Robertson discussed the Parable of the Talents as the "primary, foundational law" of human growth and development.
The parable tells the story of a lord who was called away from his estate for a particular time. He gave three of his servants 10 talents, two talents, and one talent, respectively. The first doubled his master's resources by trading and investing. The second did the same with his two talents. But the third buried his one talent. He suffered no loss, but received no gain.
When the lord returned, he questioned the servants, the first and second hearing, "well done good and faithful servant&you have been faithful in little and will be given much." The third admitted his fear of losing the talent and was called a "wicked and slothful servant."
"Every one of us has been given talents," said Chancellor Robertson. "Something has been entrusted to you. You have been given something of great value. Don't sit on it."
He explained the principle of exponential growth and how compound interest can multiply resources at an exponential rate, reasoning that money works best when it's "worked."
"When we get the Lord's blessing behind us, we see things happen we never thought possible," he said, relating the economic principle to the spiritual. "Obstacles ordinarily in our way are no longer a problem."
But the parable of the talents' lesson also extends a call to action, Chancellor Robertson said: "If you use what's been given to you, you will have more. If you don't use it, you will lose it... Nothing's impossible if you use the law of growth with your talents."
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