This week, Jeff Ward walked us through the “Parable of the Talents” found in Matthew 25:14-30. Jeff showed us that God gave all of us a talent—a unit of measure: something of tremendous value that He wants us to use and invest in ways that serve others and bring Him glory. Jeff gave us three main observations from the text: 1) God gave you something of tremendous value; 2) He wants you to invest it radically; and 3) He is responsible for the results.
- “Before you can invest your talent, you have to understand what it is. To do so, ask yourself these two questions: How has God uniquely gifted and resourced you, and how have you activated and deployed that gift?” Ask your community group what gifts God has resourced you with, and then ask them how you are doing at deploying those gifts.
- “What the servants did with their talents is based solely on what they thought of the Master who gave them the talents. The first two servants view God as loving, generous, kind, and sovereign, and they also knew He would want a return on His gift. The third servant saw the Master correctly—as reaping where He did not sow—but he misinterpreted what he saw; he didn’t trust the Master.” A.W. Tozer is known for saying “What comes into our minds when we think about God is the most important thing about us.” What comes into your mind when you think about God? Identify a thought about God that is negative, share it with your community group, and find one Scripture that you can memorize and meditate on to combat that negative thought.
- “God praises the first two servants for their faithfulness, not their business acumen. There is no handicap in the parable of the talents; there is no grading on a curve. We all have the same job description no matter how many talents God has given us: be faithful.” How are you doing at being faithful with the talents God has given you? In what areas are you prone to focus on the world—on here and now—rather than hearing “Well done, good and faithful servant” at the end of your life? Identify one area you are not being faithful, one way you can be more faithful, and then share both with your community group for accountability in making the necessary changes in your life.