If possible, read the whole chapter to see the full picture of what is happening here.
Then focus on the following section:
14”Again, it will be like a man going on a journey, who called his servants and entrusted
his property to them. 15To one he gave five talents of money, to another two talents,
and to another one talent, each according to his ability. Then he went on his journey.
16The man who had received the five talents went at once and put his money to work
and gained five more. 17So also, the one with the two talents gained two more. 18But
the man who had received the one talent went off, dug a hole in the ground and hid his
master’s money. 19”After a long time the master of those servants returned and settled
accounts with them. 20The man who had received the five talents brought the other five.
‘Master,’ he said, ‘you entrusted me with five talents. See, I have gained five more.’ 21”His
master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few
things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!’
22”The man with the two talents also came. ‘Master,’ he said, ‘you entrusted me with
two talents; see, I have gained two more.’ 23”His master replied, ‘Well done, good and
faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many
things. Come and share your master’s happiness!’ 24”Then the man who had received
the one talent came. ‘Master,’ he said, ‘I knew that you are a hard man, harvesting where
you have not sown and gathering where you have not scattered seed. 25So I was afraid
and went out and hid your talent in the ground. See, here is what belongs to you.’ 26”His
master replied, ‘You wicked, lazy servant! So you knew that I harvest where I have not
sown and gather where I have not scattered seed? 27Well then, you should have put my
money on deposit with the bankers, so that when I returned I would have received it back
with interest. 28” ‘Take the talent from him and give it to the one who has the ten talents.
29For everyone who has will be given more, and he will have an abundance. Whoever
does not have, even what he has will be taken from him. 30And throw that worthless
servant outside, into the darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’
1. God gives gifts to all his disciples: wealth, skills, time or opportunities. God wants
us to use them fully. This is how we can serve him.
2. The master praised two of the slaves for they had done their best. But not the
third slave. This slave was doing the safest thing, and the least work, to protect
himself from hard work and punishment he thought he might receive if he lost it.
3. God also expects you to use your gifts wisely and completely for Him. How are
you doing? Think of one way you can use your gift today and this week. Ask God
to help you do it well for his sake.
Prayer & Journaling:
On your prayer journal, as you listen to God, write down a few thoughts, questions,
words, names, drawings, or anything that has come to your mind during this time.
Proverbs for Today: Prov 4:4-6
Dramatize the parable. Give them five coins, two, and another one respectively.
Send them out of the room. The first returns with ten coins, the second with
four, the last with only one. Show how the first two were faithful, but the one
doing nothing was not. Conclude by praying that each will use every opportunity
or talent the Lord gives.