Summary: Christians can live with confidence in the reality of the Day of reckoning we will have and the salvation into the Kingdom that will follow!
February 24, 2001
Skit about Parable of the Talents
Need 15 coins & 4 ‘volunteers’. Skit is about 5 minutes in length.
The three volunteers walk up to the Master.
Master: I want to give each of you something, according to your ability. Handing 5 coins to
servant #1 Here, take these 5 coins. Then handing 2 coins to servant #2, Here you take
these 2 coins. Then handing 1 coin to servant #3, and you, take this one coin. I must go
on a long journey, but I will return some day. Master walks away.
Servant #1 I know what I will do with my 5 coins. I will start a business and help people all over
town. I’m sure my business will do very well. Servant #1 walks to teacher and gets
5 more coins.
Servant #2 I know what I will do with my 2 coins. I will invest them and earn much interest.
Servant #2 walks to teacher and gets 2 more coins.
Servant #3 I know what I will do. I do not want to lose my coin, so I will bury it in the backyard,
so nobody will steal it. Servant #3 hides under a table
The Master returns home
Master Looking at servant #1 Well, tell me, what have you done with the 5 coins I gave you
so long ago?
Servant #1 Look, you trusted me with 5 coins, and I built a nice business using them. See, here are
5 more coins, 10 in all.
Master: Well done good and faithful servant. You have been faithful with a few things. I will put
you in charge of many things. Come share in my happiness. Then look at servant #2
Well, tell me, what have you done with the 2 coins I gave you so long ago?
Servant #2 Look, you trusted me with 2 coins, and I have invested them. Look here I have
gained two more, 4 in all.
Master Well done good and faithful servant. You have been faithful with a few things. I will
put you in charge of many things. Come share in my happiness. Then looking at
servant #3 Well, tell me, what have you done with the 1 coin I gave you so long
Servant #3 I was very afraid because you are a hard man, using what others have, so I hid
the money where nobody could find it, so here it is.
Master You wicked, good for nothing, lazy servant! If you know I use what is not mine,
you should have at least put the coin in the bank in order to earn interest.
Everyone who uses what he has will be given even more, but anyone who does
use what is given to him, it will be taken away. So now give your coin to the
servant who has 10 coins, and live in darkness.
Servant #3 gives the 1 coin to servant #1, then goes back under the table.
Let’s discuss this for a bit. What are some of the lessons that we might get from this? (Open discussion- hoping for something about ‘day of reckoning’.)
What about accountability? Day of reckoning? Day of judgment?
This short skit speaks to the idea of the day of reckoning that always comes in life. For the 3 servants, there came such a day- they knew it would come because the master had said that he’d eventually come back. And knowing that, they all acted and, in the end, had slightly different outcomes because of their actions.
How do you feel about ‘the day of reckoning’? How do you feel about the idea that there is always a reckoning to be made in life, and that is something we all look forward to? How are you approaching The Day, in your life?