When we make an investment, we expect to make a return. In this sermon Mr. Smith shows us that when God calls a person he expects them to produce growth. Two parables make this point clear. The parable of the sower of the seed in Matthew 13 shows that when the seed falls on good ground it produced growth and the parable of the talents in Matthew 25 shows that God has invested in each of us and expects that invested to grow.
Gary Smith was born in Charlotte, North Carolina, but spent most of his youth in the Pasadena, California area. He graduated from Ambassador College in 1976 and he and his wife, Liz, moved to Peoria, Illinois. For the next six years he worked as a nursing home administrator in Illinois, Ohio, and Texas.
In 1982, he and Liz began to serve in the full-time ministry. Since that time, they have served in a number of congregations in the Midwest.
Gary and Liz now pastor in Houston, Texas near their two children and grandson.