Children’s Study – Well Done, Good and Faithful Servant

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Well Done, Good and Faithful Servant

by Victor Torres

[This presentation is also an introduction to a study on stewardship presented by Mitch Kuhn during the December 2015 conference.]

Pro 22:15 (KJV) Foolishness is bound in the heart of a child; but the rod of correction shall drive it far from him.

Pro 22:15 (GNB) Children just naturally do silly, careless things, but a good spanking will teach them how to behave.

Did the Bible really say that? Do children really do silly and careless things naturally?

Some of you will say “that couldn’t be talking about me, it’s talking about small children, like 2 to 7 year-olds”. “Look, it says in the heart of a child”. It says “children just naturally do silly, careless things”. But me no, I’m a teenager, I’m mature.”

But let’s look at another verse in the Bible where this word for “child” in Proverbs 22:15 is also used.

Gen 14:24 save only that which the young men have eaten, and the portion of the men that went with me, Aner, Eshcol, and Mamre; let them taken their portion.

Here Abraham is talking to the king of Sodom who was offering him all his riches for beating his enemy king Chedorlaomer. Abraham didn’t take the offer, but told the king of Sodom that he can reward the young men who came with him to battle. Yes, the word for child in Proverbs 22:15 is used here in Genesis 14:24 to talk about young men old enough to go to war!

So what this tells us is no matter how old we get, we need someone more mature than us to correct us and teach us how to live.

The problem is as we get older, we become less and less teachable. We become less and less accepting of our parents’ instructions and discipline.

“Whatever”.

“I don’t care what you think, dad”.

“Stop getting on my case, mom”.

“Why do you always spank me, this is abuse”.

“Stop judging me!”

These are thoughts that went through my mind when I was a kid. Now that I have kids of my own, I know these are the same thoughts that goes through or will go through their minds. How do I know this? Because the Bible tells us so!

Heb 12:11 (CEV) It is never fun to be corrected. In fact, at the time it is always painful. But if we learn to obey by being corrected, we will do right and live at peace.

“You’re no fun at all, dad.”

“You’re such a killjoy, mom.”

“Blah, blah, blah, I already heard that.”

More sinful thoughts that went through my mind when I was a child. More sinful thoughts that goes through the mind of every child in the world.

But aren’t we forgetting something. Heb 12:11 doesn’t stop at ”it is never fun to be corrected. In fact, at the time it is always painful”.

The verse continue with the good news: “But if we learn to obey by being corrected, we will do right and live at peace.”

When you do something bad and you hide it from your parents, it’s not a good feeling. You’re not at peace. When you grow up and you do something bad like cheat on your taxes or spray paint someone’s car, even if you get away with it, you will always be in fear. You will not live in peace.

You can’t hide anything from God. He sees your every move and knows your every thought. The sooner we say sorry for our sins, the sooner we can enjoy the peace of mind that comes from correction. When I matured, I became sorry for thinking those bad things about my dad and my mom.

But we will only appreciate correction when we mature. And no one is born mature.

We all have to be corrected! We all need to be guided and reminded on how to live a godly life. And that’s what we will do today, Lord willing. We will continue to teach you on how to live in a way that will make God happy.

Throughout the children’s studies, you have seen several parables from our Lord Jesus Christ. Parables are stories with a hidden spiritual meaning. And as I have reminded you every time, only a very few people really understand the spiritual meaning of these parables. To most people, the hidden message within these stories remain hidden.

Today, we will look at two of these parables. But before we do that, we need to remember that all of these parables are about the kingdom of God. And the kingdom of God is within us.

Luk 17:21 (GNB) No one will say, ‘Look, here it is!’ or, ‘There it is!’; because the Kingdom of God is within you.”

This means these stories and really the whole Bible, talk about what God is doing in each one of us.

There’s a part of our life that we are or will be the bad guys in these stories. And there is or there will be a part of our life that we will be the good guys in these stories.

The first story or parable that we will look at is the parable of the talents. It is the story of three servants whom the Lord has entrusted with his talents or his goods. Two of them did well, and one of them did horribly. You will see that the Lord will reward the two that did well, but He will not be pleased with the one who didn’t do well.

Naturally, we want to be the ones who did well, but like I said, it doesn’t work that way. There will be times in our life that the Lord will not be happy with what we do with the “talents” or “goods” that He entrusted to us. And there will be times in our life that He will say to us: “Well done, good and faithful servant”.

Mat 25:14 (KJV) For the kingdom of heaven is as a man travelling into a far country, who called his own servants, and delivered unto them his goods.
Mat 25:15 (ESV) To one he gave five talents, to another two, to another one, to each according to his ability. Then he went away.
Mat 25:16 He who had received the five talents went at once and traded with them, and he made five talents more.
Mat 25:17 So also he who had the two talents made two talents more.
Mat 25:18 But he who had received the one talent went and dug in the ground and hid his master’s money.
Mat 25:19 Now after a long time the master of those servants came and settled accounts with them.
Mat 25:20 And he who had received the five talents came forward, bringing five talents more, saying, ‘Master, you delivered to me five talents; here I have made five talents more.’
Mat 25:21 His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master.’
Mat 25:22 And he also who had the two talents came forward, saying, ‘Master, you delivered to me two talents; here I have made two talents more.’
Mat 25:23 His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master.’
Mat 25:24 He also who had received the one talent came forward, saying, ‘Master, I knew you to be a hard man, reaping where you did not sow, and gathering where you scattered no seed,
Mat 25:25 so I was afraid, and I went and hid your talent in the ground. Here you have what is yours.’
Mat 25:26 But his master answered him, ‘You wicked and slothful servant! You knew that I reap where I have not sown and gather where I scattered no seed?
Mat 25:27 Then you ought to have invested my money with the bankers, and at my coming I should have received what was my own with interest.
Mat 25:28 So take the talent from him and give it to him who has the ten talents.
Mat 25:29 For to everyone who has will more be given, and he will have an abundance. But from the one who has not, even what he has will be taken away.
Mat 25:30 And cast the worthless servant into the outer darkness. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’

So again there are 3 servants in this story who were given different amounts of “talent” or money.

Mat 25:18 But he who had received the one talent went and dug in the ground and hid his master’s money.

But, like all the other parables, the Lord uses symbols here to make it impossible to understand for people that He wants to hide the message that He wants to tell us. He uses money here as a symbol of everything that He gives us.

Mat 25:14 (KJV) For the kingdom of heaven is as a man travelling into a far country, who called his own servants, and delivered unto them his goods.

He delivers or gives us “his goods”. His goods include the different things that we can do to serve Him. Like our body parts that have different functions, He gives His servants different abilities to do different things.

Rom 12:4 (ESV) For as in one body we have many members, and the members do not all have the same function,
Rom 12:5 so we, though many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another.

To some people, He gave the ability to teach. To some people He gave the ability to encourage and comfort others. To some people, He gave the ability to lead and help others.

Rom 12:6 We all have different gifts. Each gift came because of the grace God gave us. Whoever has the gift of prophecy should use that gift in a way that fits the kind of faith they have.
Rom 12:7 Whoever has the gift of serving should serve. Whoever has the gift of teaching should teach.
Rom 12:8 Whoever has the gift of comforting others should do that. Whoever has the gift of giving to help others should give generously. Whoever has the gift of leading should work hard at it. Whoever has the gift of showing kindness to others should do it gladly.

The message that the Lord is telling us in the parable of the talent is to use the gifts that He gives us to do good to others.

Yes, these gifts could be the talent to sing or play a musical instrument, and you could use those talents to comfort others by singing or playing Godly music.

2Sa 22:49 He saves me from my enemies! You help me defeat those who attack me. You save me from cruel people.
2Sa 22:50 LORD, that is why I praise you among the nations. That is why I sing songs of praise to your name.

Rom 12:8 Whoever has the gift of comforting others should do that….

These gifts could be the ability to make money, enough to support yourself and your family, and enough to have something extra to give generously to others.

Rom 12:8 …Whoever has the gift of giving to help others should give generously…

This is the example the apostle Paul has left us:

Act 20:34 (ERV) You know that I always worked to take care of my own needs and the needs of the people who were with me.
Act 20:35 I always showed you that you should work just as I did and help people who are weak. I taught you to remember the words of the Lord Jesus: ‘You will have a greater blessing when you give than when you receive.'”

And it is not only money you could give. If you have the ability to cook, you could cook for others in the body. If you have the ability to repair houses or cars, you could help those who need house repairs or car repairs.

When you help others, those you help will glorify God and will be encouraged to help others also. When you teach others the words of God, those you teach will thank and praise God for the things that they learn. And when they are given the opportunity, they will teach others what they have learned from you. That is how you multiply the talents that you are given.

Mat 25:20 And he who had received the five talents came forward, bringing five talents more, saying, ‘Master, you delivered to me five talents; here I have made five talents more.’
Mat 25:21 His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master.’
Mat 25:22 And he also who had the two talents came forward, saying, ‘Master, you delivered to me two talents; here I have made two talents more.’
Mat 25:23 His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master.’

So it doesn’t matter how little or how big is the talent you are given. As long as you use it to a good purpose and to help others, the Lord will reward you for that.

Heb 6:10 (MKJV) For God is not unrighteous to forget your work and labor of love which you have shown toward His name, in that you have ministered to the saints, and do minister.

Heb 6:10 (ERV) God is fair, and he will remember all the work you have done. He will remember that you showed your love to him by helping his people and that you continue to help them.

On the other hand, if we waste the money or skills that He has given us, like the servant who hid His talent in the ground, He will punish us.

Mat 25:24 He also who had received the one talent came forward, saying, ‘Master, I knew you to be a hard man, reaping where you did not sow, and gathering where you scattered no seed,
Mat 25:25 so I was afraid, and I went and hid your talent in the ground. Here you have what is yours.’

There’s a million ways to waste our money or skills in this world. People of this world buy all sorts of things that they don’t need. People of this world work themselves to death to get rich or to become famous. People of this world buy lottery tickets or join clubs that promises them to get rich quick. Don’t be like them. Don’t be careless with your money. Don’t waste your time playing video games or watching TV all day. Use your strength and your skills to serve your parents and other people. Listen to your parents when they correct you:

Pro 22:15 (GNB) Children just naturally do silly, careless things, but a good spanking will teach them how to behave.

Yes, the Bible teaches us parents to give you a good spanking when you are too stubborn to listen to us.

Here’s another parable that teaches us to be wise about our money and other gifts that we receive from God. We will read the first 2 verses from the Modern King James Version, then we will read the rest of the story from the Easy-to-Read version.

Luk 16:1 (MKJV) And He also said to His disciples, There was a certain rich man who had a steward. And he was accused to him, that he had wasted his goods.
Luk 16:2 And he called him and said to him, What is this I hear about you? Give an account of your stewardship, for you may no longer be steward.
Luk 16:3 (ERV) “So, the manager [steward] thought to himself, ‘What will I do? My master is taking my job away from me. I am not strong enough to dig ditches. I am too proud to beg.
Luk 16:4 I know what I will do! I will do something to make friends, so that when I lose my job, they will welcome me into their homes.’
Luk 16:5 “So the manager called in each person who owed the master some money. He asked the first one, ‘How much do you owe my master?’
Luk 16:6 He answered, ‘I owe him 100 jars of olive oil.’ The manager said to him, ‘Here is your bill. Hurry! Sit down and make the bill less. Write 50 jars.’
Luk 16:7 “Then the manager asked another one, ‘How much do you owe my master?’ He answered, ‘I owe him 100 measures of wheat.’ Then the manager said to him, ‘Here is your bill; you can make it less. Write 80 measures.’
Luk 16:8 “Later, the master told the dishonest manager that he had done a smart thing. Yes, worldly people are smarter in their business with each other than spiritual people are.
Luk 16:9 “I tell you, use the worldly things you have now to make ‘friends’ for later. Then, when those things are gone, you will be welcomed into a home that lasts forever [for ages].
Luk 16:10 Whoever can be trusted with small things can also be trusted with big things. Whoever is dishonest in little things will be dishonest in big things too.
Luk 16:11 If you cannot be trusted with worldly riches, you will not be trusted with the true riches.
Luk 16:12 And if you cannot be trusted with the things that belong to someone else, you will not be given anything of your own.
Luk 16:13 “You cannot serve two masters at the same time. You will hate one master and love the other. Or you will be loyal to one and not care about the other. You cannot serve God and Money at the same time.”

The things that I highlighted above are the lessons that we should learn from this story. The Lord is not teaching us to cheat our employers here. He is not teaching us to cheat anyone. Here are the things that He wants to teach us in this parable and the parable before that:

1) Do not waste your money or anything that God gives you
2) Although most people waste their money, there are people in the world who are wise with their money and we can learn from those people:

Luk 16:8 “Later, the master told the dishonest manager that he had done a smart thing. Yes, worldly people are smarter in their business with each other than spiritual people are.

When you grow up, you will learn that there is a lot of people out there who want to take advantage of you. You must learn to study about something before you get into it, specially if it involves a lot of money.

Mat 10:16 Behold, I send you out as sheep in the midst of wolves [people who want to take advantage of you]. Therefore be as wise as serpents and as harmless as doves.

Being as wise as serpents include being wise like worldly people who knows how to handle their money. It means don’t be gullible, don’t buy things you can’t afford. Learn how to save and invest your money.

3) The Lord will not give you spiritual gifts if you are wasteful of your physical gifts:

Luk 16:11 If you cannot be trusted with worldly riches, you will not be trusted with the true riches.

The body of Christ has been blessed with someone who has been entrusted with the true riches from God because he is a good and faithful servant concerning the worldly riches he has been given. His name is Mitch Kuhn and he is one of the teachers in the church.

About a couple of months ago, I asked him to prepare a lesson for you kids, on how to be a good and faithful servant regarding your money. I hope that you pay careful attention to what he will teach you. As you listen to him, keep in mind that the main goal here is not to learn how to be rich, but to learn how to serve God.

Luk 16:13 “You cannot serve two masters at the same time. You will hate one master and love the other. Or you will be loyal to one and not care about the other. You cannot serve God and Money at the same time.”

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