God wants children to use their talents for His work.
Distributing the Talents:
Jesus told a parable about a man who was going on a journey. So he
called his servants, and entrusted his money to them according to their
abilities. To one he gave five talents (a talent is a lot of
money). To another he gave two talents and to a third he gave just
one talent. The man then left on a long journey.
If someone gave you a whole pile of money, what would you do with it?
(Let the children respond).
Well, the man who had received the five talents went at once and put his
money to work (probably in a business) and gained five more talents.
And the one with the two talents did the same and gained two more.
But the man who had received only one talent went and dug a hole
in the ground and hid his master's money.
The Five Talents:
After a long time the master of the servants returned and settled accounts
with them. The man who had received the five talents brought the
other five. "Master," he said, "You entrusted me with five talents
and I have gained five more for you."
His master replied, "Well done, you good and faithful servant! You
have been faithful with a few things. Now I will put you in charge
of many things. Come and share your master's happiness!"
The Two Talents:
Then the man with the two talents came and reported. "Master," he
said, "you entrusted me with two talents, and now I have gained two
His master replied, "Well done, good and faithful servant! You have
been faithful with a few things. Now I will put you in charge of
many things. Come and share your masterís happiness!"
The One Talent:
Lastly, the man who had received the one talent came before his master.
"Master," he said, "I knew that you are a hard man, harvesting
where you have not sown and gathering where you have not scattered
seed. So I was afraid and went out and hid your talent in the
ground. See, here is what belongs to you."
His master replied, "You wicked, lazy, unprofitable servant! You
knew that I harvest where I have not sown and gather where I have not
scattered seed. You should have put my money on deposit with the
bankers, so that when I returned I would have received it back with
"Take the talent from him," the master ordered, "And give it to the one
who has the ten talents. For everyone who has will be given more,
and he will have an abundance. But, whoever does not have, even
what he has will be taken from him."
"And throw that worthless servant outside," he ordered, "Into the darkness,
where there will be weeping, pain and torment!"
The Master's Property:
Jesus was talking about taking good care of God's property. We are
made in God's image and need to belong to Him as one of His children.
It is those people who reject Jesus as their Saviour who will be separated
from God forever. They are the ones who are like the unprofitable
servant who just had the one talent.
But, you have accepted Jesus as your Saviour, you belong to God and are His
child. God now wants you to serve Him and seek to please Him in all
you do and say. God wants you to do more that just going to Sunday
School or Church.
Using Your Talents:
God has given every boy and girl different talents. A talent is a
skill or something special that you can do well. God wants to use
your talents to do His work. What work you ask? In spreading
the Gospel, the Good News that Jesus Saves, and telling people what God
has done for you, and in winning other children for the Lord.
There are many things that you can do at Sunday School or at Church.
You could be a helper, read the Bible out loud, play a musical instrument,
sing a solo or in a choir, pray for the sick and those that have needs,
visit and encourage those who are sad, disappointed, discouraged or
grieving, and invite children to Sunday School or special meetings, and
in many other ways!
You do have Talents!
Everyone has talents that he or she can use for the Lord. Think about
what you can do and ask God to show you where you could serve Him.
It does not matter how young you are, because God can use anybody.
The most important thing is to want to serve, and to be keen to do
anything that God wants you to do.
Don't be like that useless servant who just buried his talent in the ground.
Rather, go and start to using your talents for God!