The Parable of the Talents

Dear Parents,
This week we looked at the Parable of the Talents (or bags of gold). Jesus used parables when he was teaching. A parable is a story about something that you already know about, which helps you to understand something about God and his kingdom. Some of the things we might read in the Bible aren’t part of our lives today, but we can still learn about God from the stories that Jesus told.

Ask your children to turn in their Bibles to Matthew 25:14—

“Again, it will be like a man going on a journey, who called his servants and entrusted his wealth to them. To one he gave five bags of gold, to another two bags, and to another one bag, each according to his ability. Then he went on his journey. The man who had received five bags of gold went at once and put his money to work and gained five bags more. So also, the one with two bags of gold gained two more. But the man who had received one bag went off, dug a hole in the ground and hid his master’s money.

“After a long time the master of those servants returned and settled accounts with them. The man who had received five bags of gold brought the other five. ‘Master,’ he said, ‘you entrusted me with five bags of gold. See, I have gained five more.’

“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!’

“The man with two bags of gold also came. ‘Master,’ he said, ‘you entrusted me with two bags of gold; see, I have gained two more.’

“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!’

“Then the man who had received one bag of gold 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. So I was afraid and went out and hid your gold in the ground. See, here is what belongs to you.’

“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? Well 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.

“‘So take the bag of gold from him and give it to the one who has ten bags. For whoever has will be given more, and they will have an abundance. Whoever does not have, even what they have will be taken from them. And throw that worthless servant outside, into the darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’

Ask the students to retell the story, what happened, and why they think the master responded to the servants as “well done” or “wicked and lazy”.
Ask & Discuss:
• Why do you think the master called the last servant “wicked and lazy?”
o What did he do/not do that made him lazy in the eyes of the master?
• Who is the master in the story?
• Who are the servants?
• What might the “talents” represent in the story. It’s money there, but what if I don’t have any money?
o What is something that God has given you?
o How can you use that to praise him and tell others about him?
• What is the word we use to describe someone who uses what they have in a good way? (responsible)
o Think of a time when you were responsible. Share with us.
o How can you be responsible with God’s gifts?

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