We Use Our Talents to Honour God

Sunday 15th November: Matthew 25: 14-30 The Parable of the Talents

Think about some of the special gifts or talents God gave you.

Maybe God has gifted you with a musical talent like singing or playing an instrument.
Some of you may have been given athletic skills which make you very good at playing a sport.
Maybe you have intellectual gifts; so, you do very well in school.
Some of you may have artistic talents and can paint, draw, or sculpt.
Some of you may be good at dancing or acting.

No matter what gifts God gave you, I know He’s given each and every one of you at least one special gift or talent.
When God gives you a gift, He expects you to use it. He doesn’t want the gift to go to waste.
God wants you to take that gift and use it to show others how great He is.

That’s what our Bible lesson is about today.

In the Bible, Jesus tells many parables. Parables are stories that teach a lesson.
Today, we’ll hear Jesus’ parable called “The Parable of the Talents.”

Jesus’ story starts with a man who went off on a long trip.
Before he left, he called his servants together and gave each of them a part of his wealth to take care of while he was gone.
To one he gave five bags of gold, to another two bags, and to a third he gave one bag. Then he left on his journey.

While he was gone, the servant who had five bags of gold worked hard and doubled his five bags, so he ended up with ten bags of gold.
The man with two bags also doubled his; so, he had four.
But the servant with one bag dug a hole and buried his boss’s money.

When the boss returned, he asked his servants to share what they did with the gifts he gave them.
The boss told the two who doubled their bags, “Well done! Because you have used what I gave you well, I will give you much more.”
Then the third servant told the boss, “I was afraid, so I took what you gave me and hid it in the ground so that it would be safe.”

“You are a lazy servant!” the boss answered. “You could have at least put the gold in the bank so that I could have earned a little interest on it.”
The boss took the gold from the servant and gave it to the one who already had the most.
He explained, “Those who make what they have been given even better, will be given more. But those who do nothing, theirs will be taken away.”

Sometimes we might think God hasn’t given us very much talent. We might even be tempted to hide our talent.
But when we use our God-given talent to be all that God planned for us to be, He will give us even more!

Prayer
Dear God, we thank You for the gifts You‘ve given each of us.
We pray that we will be faithful in using these gifts to show others how wonderful You are. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Activities (see below)
There is a picture to colour in, a word search and a crossword to complete.
Please download these so that you can join in.
If you would like to share the things you do, please email them to me, Christina Balmer, via the parish office – parishoffice@smaaa.org.uk
And don’t forget about the ADVENT CALENDAR COMPETITION!!
– I can’t wait to see all your entries.
– Please submit them by next Sunday November 22nd – see how to take part here.

Download the Picture to colour in (right): Parable_of_the_talents_colorpg
Download the Wordsearch: Parable_of_the_talents_wordsearch
Download the Crossword (below): Parable_of_the_talents_crossword