Decisive Action or Fearful Precaution?

Discussion questions:

We are all stewards of God’s gifts. But if we hear “talent” and only think “natural gifting,” we evade a point that Jesus wants us to grapple with. Money (the original meaning of talent) is a way we serve God. Where are you being a faithful steward of what God has given you and where do you need to grow?

Discuss how these two servants are different. What makes one go out and live with decisive action while another draws away with fearful precaution? Where can you identify one or both of these in your own life? Is “playing it safe” stifling what God has been calling you to do?

Both the 5 talent servant and the 2 talent servant receive the same commendation, “Well done, good and faithful servant.” What does that tell you about the master? Where are you judging yourself by the accomplishments of others rather than pursuing what it means to be faithful with what you have received? 

Reflect on Jesus’ words. “You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much.” Why did Moses and David start their careers as humble shepherds? How does that change your view of some of the small tasks that God has set before you? Seek to be faithful to Jesus in those things this week.