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January’s Theme: Rules for Life: Play Well. Finish Strong.
Life App: Responsibility: Showing you can be trusted with what is expected of you.
Bible Verse: Luke 16:10a “Suppose you can be trusted with something very little. Then you can also be trusted with something very large.”
Week 4’s Bible Story Outline
Golden Slumbers (Parable of the Bags of Gold) • Matthew 25:14-30 (NIV)
Jesus often told stories when He wanted to explain something to the people who followed Him. These stories (parables) took place in everyday situations so that people could understand God’s truth for themselves. Jesus’ parable was about a man who went on a journey. Before he left for his trip, the man left his money with his servants.He wanted them to be responsible for it until he returned.
The man asked his servants to take good care of his gold while he was gone. He gave five bags of gold to one servant . . . two bags of gold to another . . . and one bag of gold to another. Then he left. READ Matthew 25:16-18. Two of the servants managed to DOUBLE the money. The last guy did nothing with his gold; he just buried it in the ground. The boss finally came back home. He called all the servants together and asked them to show him what they had done with his money. The first servant showed that he had doubled what the boss had given him. READ Matthew 25:21. The second servant had also doubled what the boss had given him. READ Matthew 25:23. The last servant tried to explain his actions. He hadn’t been responsible. The boss had expected him to make the money grow, but he hid the money instead. The boss sent the servant outside, gave his bag of gold to the other servant who had ten.
The boss in Jesus’ story gave each of his servants a gift, and he expected them to be responsible with it while he was gone. What mattered is what they DID with it.
Bottom Line: Make the most of what you’ve been given. Think about all the things God has given you (talent, friends and family).
PRAYER: “God, please helps us make the most of what You’ve given us. We don’t want to be lazy. We don’t want to live in fear. We want to work hard and be responsible! Please help us use the things You’ve give us to make a difference in the lives of other people. We love You, and we ask these things in Jesus’ name. Amen.”
ACTIVITY: Service Project
Supplies: Identify the need of an individual or family in your church or community. Provide items for kids to meet that need whether it’s food for a food basket, clothing, or snacks. Provide the bag or basket it will go in, paper, markers, stickers for decorating a card.
Directions: Have kids make a card for the recipient(s) with the paper, markers, etc. Encourage kids to make the most of what they’ve been given as they work – kids who are good at math can count the items; kids who are good at drawing can draw pictures on the card or bag; kids who are good with words can write the card. As kids collaborate, emphasize each kid’s unique gifts/talents and how God wants them to make the most of what they’ve been given.
WHAT YOU SAY: “Jesus made the most of His time with people. He showed love to everyone and helped them understand what’s most important to God. God wants you to make the most of what you’ve been given, too.”
Make it Personal: Tell kids how you try to make the most of what you’ve been give whether it’s money, possessions, time, talents, or relationships.
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