Typically this passage is read through the lens of our modern definition of “talent”: unique skills and abilities that set a person apart. Sometimes we consider it within its original context, where a “talent” was a large sum of money. But God isn’t in the market for material goods or wowed crowds—He’s looking for people who will worship Him in spirit and truth (John 4:23). So today we’ll look at this passage in a different light: are we investing in the relationships our Master has brought into our lives, or squandering them in fear and distrust?
Read Matthew 25:14-18:
- What comes to mind when you think of the “possessions” Jesus has left His people while He is away?
- How might someone “cover up” the talents God has given them (specifically in the realm of relationships)?
- What is scary about going all out for Jesus with the talents He’s entrusted to you?
Read Matthew 25:19-30:
- What pleased the master in the parable, and what angered him? Why do you think he reacted like that?
- Do you think it’s common for people to view God the way the third servant viewed his master?
- What might it look like to believe God to be a “hard master” when it comes to our relationships with others?
- How can you tell if you’re truly investing in God’s kingdom or just being “churchy?”
Taking it home:
- What about your opinion of God as Master and Giver needs to change so that you can trust Him more fully?
- How might your relationships look different this week if you were to give your attention to God’s priorities?
Other Scriptures to Engage with this week:
2 Samuel 9; 1 Thessalonians 2:19-3:10; Romans 15:1-7; 1 John 4:7-16; 1 Corinthians 3:5-23; 1 Peter 2:9-3:2.