Read Matthew 25:14-30
1)How many servants did the master leave his wealth to? (three)
2)What did the first servant do with the five bags of gold he was left? (he earned double the bags of gold, so ten total)
3)What did the second servant do with the two bags of gold he was left? (he earned double the bags of gold, so four total)
4)What did the third servant do with the one bag of gold he was left? (he buried it and didn’t earn anything)
5)What did Jesus want to teach us through this story? (God wants us to make the most of what we’ve been given.)
Ask: What have you been given? (food, school supplies, clothing, toys, talents such as artistic, cooking/baking, athletic, good at math or science, helpful, friendly, caring, good work ethic, etc.)
Ask: How can you use what you’ve been given? (volunteer somewhere, peer tutor, draw pictures for someone in the hospital or nursing home, help out at school, help a friend with math or science, bake or cook for someone and share it, befriend someone who doesn’t have any friends, be helpful to your teacher or parents, etc.)
Say: “God has given you a lot—sometimes you just need to get creative with how you use what He’s given you. The next time you find yourself stuck, take a look around and see what God has already given you. You may be surprised that you have some hidden treasures right before your eyes!”
God has given us all many things and He wants us to take good care of what we have been given. Sometimes that means using them or sharing them with others.
Take a little time to go on a scavenger hunt in your room and see if you can find something that maybe you haven’t played with in a while or something that you would like to share with someone else.
Let’s show God that we can make the most of what we have!
God tells us that He wants us to make the most of what we have and that means taking good care of our things or sharing what we have been given.
Have you ever thought about what it might look like if you don’t do that? If we don’t take care of our stuﬀ or share what we have then we are wasting our time, our talents, and our things. And you know what else? You might miss out on fun ways that God can use you to care for the world around you.
Let’s pray and ask God for His help.
Dear God, We want to show You that we are responsible with what You have given us. Help us to make the most of what we have so we don’t miss out on fun ways You can use us to care for the world around us. Amen
In the story from this week, one man hid what he was given by his boss.
Ask your family to reenact the story with you. Pretend you are the workers that used the money wisely and the worker that hid the money. Think of diﬀerent ways you could use the money given to you.
Once you’re finished, talk about what it felt like to be the wise workers and the unwise worker. God wants us to use the things He gives us to help make others happy and to make our world a better place. Know that God wants us to use what we have to make a diﬀerence.
Have you ever tried to save your money to buy something that you really wanted?
Instead of trying to earn money for something that you want, let’s use it to make a diﬀerence in the world around us.
Ask an adult to help you think of some place where you could either donate some of your toys or someone that might really need some money. This is a big way that you can show God that you are responsible with what you have been given!
Ask God to help you make a big diﬀerence to those around you!