Bible verse: Matthew 25:21 “Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!”
(Read the whole story here: Matthew 25:14-30)
The last part of stewardship is about giving away. Most of us have more than we need and can give some stuff up for the sake of others. But it is not just our money that God wants. It is our time and talents too!
One time I got a kid’s telescope as a Christmas present from my parents. I was so excited, because I loved looking at the stars and finding constellations. I used it all the time as a kid, and when my brother was big enough, he started using it too. I think it made my parents happy to see me use the gift so much. Have you ever gotten a Christmas gift from your parents that you hung on to and played with all the time, maybe you even still have it today? Do you think that made your parents happy? But sometimes people get gifts that they don’t wear or don’t use, and I think that makes the gift givers sad.
Being a good steward of the gifts that God has given you includes the gifts inside of you. Were you born to sing? Are you really good at art? Did God make you really strong? These are some of the talents we might have inside of us. But there are “spiritual gifts” too. These would include: being caring, having strong faith, being an encouragement to others, sharing your home with others (hospitality), being a good leader, teaching younger kids, etc. Do any of these spiritual gifts apply to you?
When Jesus tells the parable of the talents, in the Bible story above, he wants people to understand that whatever God has given you (time, talents, gifts, money), you should be using wisely for God. If you are an encouragement to others, make them cards, share kind words, show people how much you care. These are a few ways you can use that gift of encouragement.
When you use your gifts that God has given you, it is then that you hear, “Well done, good and faithful servant!”
What has God given you to steward: time, talents, spiritual gifts, money? How do you use them now? Is there a way you could use them even more?
Activity: What have you learned from this stewardship series? Did you discover any new gifts you have that you didn’t realize? Use your gifts for the benefit of others and of God’s kingdom. Talk to your family about doing a “talent” day. When you think about some of your talents and spiritual gifts, how might you be able to use them for others? Plan a Saturday with your family to give of yourselves by volunteering at a local food bank, singing/playing music at a retirement home, serving at a soup kitchen, or come up with a creative idea of your own.