The Talents Parable

The Talents Parable

 (Bible Overview #36 of 54)

One Main Truth:  God gives you talents and God expects those talents to be used for His glory

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1 GAME: Capture the Flag

Game / Bible / Life Connection:  We have to be Faithful to Our Role in the Game / The Servants that Multiplied their Talents were Rewarded in the Bible / When  You Multiply Your Talents God will Reward You in your Life

  1. Show Players the boundaries that the game will be played in. Point out the center line that divides the field in half, one half for “Team 1” and the other for “Team 2.”  Then point out that each team has a “Flag” hiding in one of the back corner of their side of the field and in the other back corner is their “Jail.”
    2. Explain that each team’s goal is to be the first team to grab the “Flag” and bring it back to their side.
    3. Then explain that once a Player crosses the center line into the other team’s land the other team can tag them and send them to their team’s “Jail.” They must remain in “Jail” until a fellow teammate frees them by tagging them out. After they are released, they are free to run back to their side without getting tagged. If a Player is tagged while carrying the “Flag,” they must drop the “Flag” where they were tagged and go to “Jail.”
    4. Begin the game. Allow it to continue until one team brings the “Flag” back to their side.
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2 BIBLE DISCOVERIES: Gospel & Truth - Matthew 25

 Game / Bible / Life Connection:    We have to be Faithful to Our Role in the Game / The Servants that Multiplied their Talents were Rewarded in the BibleWhen  You Multiply Your Talents God will Reward You in your Life

Shreya and Akshara were both talented children. They studied well and sang well too. Shreya neglected her talent and it was soon lost. Akshara sincerely practiced her talent and won the best singer award at school. Although both children were equally talented, only one succeeded because of hard work and determination.

We all possess God given talents. We must recognize them, nurture them, be thankful for them, and praise God for them.

Parable – Jesus was a good preacher. People waited to hear him speak. His parables or simple stories conveyed a moral or spiritual lesson.  Biblically, a Parable is an earthly story with a heavenly meaning.

His parable about a “talent”: During Jesus’ times, a talent was a large amount of money. We all know that the word talent also means a gift or a special ability.
There was a wealthy man who decided to go on a long trip. He called his servants and instructed them:
Master: “I will give you some talents. Look after my property.”
Servant 1: “Thank you, master, for giving me five talents.”
Servant 2: “Thank you, master, for giving me three talents.”
Servant 3: “Thank you, master, for giving me one talent.”

He then went away and returned after a few years.
Master: “What have you done with the talents I gave you?
Servants 1 and 2: “We invested it and make it double, Master!”
The master was very pleased. He put servant 1 and 2 in charge of a lot of important things.

Servant 3: “I have done nothing with the talent you gave me, Master.”
Master: “What a shame! You have not used your talent. Give your unused talent to servants 1 and 2, and leave.”
The angry master sent him out into the darkness.

Our God gives us talents and abilities that are our special gifts. Some of us are good in studies, some of us are better at certain sports, and some may be good with building things. Whatever our God given talents are, we must recognise them and use them, before we lose them! Then, when we stand before God, he will be pleased with our effort,
respect, and dedication.

3 LIFE CONNECTIONS

  Game / Bible / Life Connection:    We have to be Faithful to Our Role in the Game / The Servants that Multiplied their Talents were Rewarded in the Bible / When  You Multiply Your Talents God will Reward You in your Life

Memory Verse:  “Well done, good and faithful! You have been faithful with few things; I will put you in charge of many things.”  (Matt. 25:23)

Leader, ask God to connect to the children’s minds, the children’s hearts, and in the prayer to connect to the children’s soul.

1. Game 
List some of the different roles, positions, in the game “Capture the Flag?” (Jail keeper, flag protector, tagger, runner)
What would happen if every player wanted to be a runner and no one
guarded the flag, or if everyone guarded the jail?

2. Bible
What reward did the servants receive after multiplying, increasing, their talents? (more)
How can your talents, your gifts be used for God’s glory?
Do you have to wait to be an adult to use your talents?

3. Life
Repeat after me: “Dear God, Thank you for the talent you have given me. Please help me to use my talent for your glory. God please show me my talent and how I can use if for Your glory God.  *pause*.  Jesus please give me courage to obey and share this truth.”

4. Worship Song
Ask the children what is their favorite worship song and then sing several worship songs with hand-motions
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5. Reinforcement 
Use local resources and common objects.
(Optional)
Encourage children to exhibit their talents before the class. Based on their talent, give them guidelines to improve and nurture them. Ask them how they are using their gifts in the service of God.

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