Scripture Time

The Parable of the Talents

By Jean Bingham

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Learn about the New Testament together this year!

The Parable of the Talents

Jesus told a story, or parable, about a man who lent some coins to three people who worked for him. Then the man went away. While he was gone, two of the people worked hard and used their coins to earn more coins to give back to the man. But one person just buried his coin because he was afraid of losing it. When the man came back, he gave rewards to those who increased the coins he lent them. But he took the coin away from the person who hadn’t tried to increase it. (See Matthew 25:14–29.)

Like the man in the parable, Heavenly Father has given each of us some something very valuable—not coins, but special abilities or talents, like singing, showing love, running, or helping others. Like the people in the parable, you have to work hard to make your talents grow!

How can you follow Jesus’s teachings by using and improving your talents? You will feel happier and help others when you do.

Family Talent Show

Plan a show to share your talents!

  1. Have each family member share something they are good at, like reading aloud, baking a treat, performing a musical number, telling a joke, doing a somersault, or sharing a happy smile.

  2. As each person finishes sharing a talent, have the other members of the family tell something good they have noticed about that person.

  3. For refreshments, combine each person’s favorite fruit to make a yummy fruit salad!