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To Honor God We Steward Our Talents

Imagine someone gave you a one-of-a-kind gift that was made especially for you. What would you do with it? Would you hide it under a rock or lock it away? No! You would want others to see it and talk about your friend who gave it to you. God has given all of us talents that He picked out just for us. The talents He gives us aren’t meant to be hidden or used just for ourselves. God gave us our talents and wants us to steward them well to serve others and glorify Him. When we use our gifts for God’s glory, people don’t simply praise the gift itself but the Giver of the gift. How will you honor God by stewarding the talents He gave you this week?


STEWARDSHIP: Honoring God with everything He has given you.

MEMORY VERSE: Commit everything you do to the Lord. Trust Him and He will help you.” Psalm 37:5 (NLT)


This Week’s Finish Line: To Honor God We Steward Our Talents

Most people know Daniel as the one God saved from the lions’ den. However, before that happened, God used him to demonstrate His power in a different way. King Nebuchadnezzar was having bad dreams that really upset him. He threatened to kill all the wise men unless someone could tell him what they meant. Daniel and his friends prayed, and God gave Daniel the answer to the king’s dream. Instead of being prideful of his new talent for interpreting dreams, Daniel humbly told the king what his dream meant and gave all of the credit to God. By stewarding his talent well, Daniel not only saved the lives of all the wise men in Babylon but also showed the king what his God, the one true God, is really like.


Family Questions:

  1. Tell the story of Daniel 2 to your kids. What talent had God given Daniel? Did Daniel use that gift to make much of himself or to glorify God? How?
  2. Read Daniel 2:46-49. What did the king learn about God by seeing Daniel steward his talents well?
  3. What talents has God given you? Consider how the king learned more about God through Daniel. How can stewarding your talents well teach other people about God?

* Check out our vision for parents and how to use these activities each week.


Teacher: Meal Time

As you’re gathered around the dinner table together, read Romans 12:6-8 NLT. Ask your kid(s) to share what gifts they heard mentioned in that scripture that we know God gives to His children. Then explain your family is taking on a challenge to develop and steward the gift of encouragement. Go around the dinner table and have each person encourage one another with one thing they’ve noticed or are grateful for about that person specifically. Then challenge one another to look for at least one person the next day to encourage as well. Explain how encouraging others a way is not only to honor God and others with your words, it’s a great way to practice taking your eyes off of yourself and look for opportunities to care for others! Follow up at the end of the next day to see how it went and be sure to encourage someone throughout your day and come ready to share with your family, too!


Friend: Drive Time

While driving with your family listen to one of your favorite Christian artists. Before you start playing the music, tell your family to listen closely and enjoy how talented they are. Afterwards explain to them how this artist who has been given an incredible talent has chosen to use and steward it for God’s glory. Keep in mind, you don’t have be in any sort of vocational ministry to glorify God with your talent. You can honor God with the gifts He’s given you in all kinds of settings!


Counselor: Bedtime

While driving with your family listen to one of your favorite Christian artists. Before you start playing the music, tell your family to listen closely and enjoy how talented they are. Afterwards explain to them how this artist who has been given an incredible talent has chosen to use and steward it for God’s glory. Keep in mind, you don’t have be in any sort of vocational ministry to glorify God with your talent. You can honor God with the gifts He’s given you in all kinds of settings!


Coach: Anytime

What skills do you have? Hold a family talent show, letting each person in the family show off their skills (singing, dancing, super-human-tricks, etc.). Make it fun, laugh a ton! Other than the talents you displayed in the talent show, what other gifts and talents do you see in your family? Take the time to point out talents and skills you see in your spouse and/or each of your kids. Then read Romans 12:4-5, which explains that gifts and talents were given to us for a special function to bless others. What are ways we have been or can be faithful stewards of the talents God has given us? (help your kids see the value in the unique ways God has made them)


Prayer

Thank God for the unique way He made you, both your strengths & weaknesses. Ask Him to help you use the talents He’s given you to do the work He’s prepared for you.


Looking Ahead

Next week we will continue learning about STEWARDSHIP!


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