It’s not about what you are given, but what you do with what you are given.
What would you do if you were given a million dollars—no strings attached?
This weekend, we continued to look at how Promisors can live like a boss, move into the corner office of contentment, and take charge of our finances. In the sermon, we learned that in God’s Kingdom, it is not about who gives the most money, but who gives the most of their heart. At Faith Promise, we give generously. We were challenged to consider our next step in generosity—to trust God and either begin tithing, if you haven’t already, or for those who do give generously, prayerfully consider and plan for giving at Heart for the Harvest this year. Pastor asked if we are putting God first in our finances—and in everything for that matter, because it is all His, no matter how big or how small. He is the owner; we are the managers. Christ-followers are each given unique moments, abilities and opportunities, and the critical issue is what we do with what we are given. The more we love the Giver, the more we respect His gifts! How are you managing and investing God’s gifts?
Primary Scripture: Matthew 25:14-30
1. Who do you think is represented by the Master in this parable, and what is meant by the long time he was away?
2. The talent in this story is money entrusted to the servants. Each was given a different amount, according to the master’s understanding of their character and ability. What are believers entrusted with today? How are you managing what He has given you?
3. How did the attitudes of the servants entrusted with five and two talents compare with the attitude of the servant entrusted with one? Is your attitude more like the former or the latter? How will you ask God to enable, empower and equip you for a life of faithful and fruitful living?
4. What promises does God give to those who have “buried their talent” but who repent before the Master returns (see Joel 2:23-27).
5. Put Matthew 25:29 into your own words.
6. Are you expectant and ready for the coming of the Lord Jesus Christ, or are you putting it off until tomorrow?
7. God graciously commends us for what He accomplishes through us, and He calls us to share His purposes for the world. How have you experienced the joy of being used by God?
Discovery Bible Method:
For deeper study, as an alternative to the questions above, read Matthew 25:14-30 and use the Discovery Bible Method to explore the passage.