March 6: Live to Be Found Faithful (Matthew 25:14-30)
This Sunday Josh C. will continue the series Living as a Church at 9:00am in the youth room. Ray Rutledge will be in the Adult 1 classroom continuing through The Gospel Project (currently going through the Old Testament book of Exodus).
[We will consider the whole of verses 14-30, but only verses 29-30 are listed here. Click here for the full thing]
In the movie Gladiator, Maximus rallies his troops before a battle, yelling, “What we do in life echoes in eternity!” The pagan Roman general was speaking truth. In his last of three consecutive parables, Jesus again drives home the certainty of his return and our need to be ready. In the Parable of the Talents, he emphasizes our need to be faithful in the delay, because when he comes back, there will be settling of accounts. This is a sobering message, but an exhilarating call to please our Master with all that he has entrusted to us.
Review and Apply
1. How have you typically responded to this parable in the past? Does it advocate a "works-righteousness” mentality?
2. What do you make of the servants receiving different amounts of talents? Is that fair?
3. What do you think is the fundamental difference in how the first two servants stewarded their talents as compared to the last?
4. How might you be hiding your master’s money?
5. What good work are you now compelled to devote yourself to for the glory of God?
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