WEEK 14- Well Done!

MONDAY — Read the passage with your team.

14 Again, it will be like a man going on a journey, who called his servants and entrusted his property to them.  15 To one he gave five talents of money, to another two talents, and to another one talent, each according to his ability.  Then he went on his journey.  16 The man who had received the five talents went at once to put his money to work and gained five more.  17 So also, the one with the two talents gained two more.  18 But the man who had received the one talent went off, dug a hole in the ground, and hid his master’s money.

19 After a long time the master of those servants returned and settled accounts with them.  20 The man who had received the five talents brought the other five.  “Master,” he said, “you have entrusted me with five talents.  See, I have gained five more.”

 21 His master replied, “Well done, good and faithful servant!  You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things.  Come and share your master’s happiness.”

 22 The man with the two talents also came.  “Master,” he said, “you entrusted me with two talents; see, I have gained two more.”

23 His master replied, “Well done, good and faithful servant!  You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things.  Come and share your master’s happiness.”

24 Then the man who had received the one talent came.  “Master,” he said, “I knew that you are a hard man, harvesting where you have not sown and gather where you have not scattered seed.  25 So I was afraid and went out and hid your talent in the ground.  See, here is what belongs to you.”

26 His master replied, “You wicked, lazy servant!  So you knew that I harvest where I have not sown and gather where I have not scattered seed? 27 Well, then, you should have put my money on deposit with the bankers, so that when I returned I would have received it back with interest.”

28 “Take the talent from him and give it to the one who has the ten talents. 29 For everyone who has will be given more, and he will have an abundance.  Whoever does not have, even what he has will be taken from him.  30 And throw that worthless servant outside, into the darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.”

Matthew 25:14-30

What does this passage have to say about work habits?

Why is that important?

TUESDAY — Discuss the passage with your team.

1) What did the first two servants do to please the master?  (v. 16-17, 19-23)  Did he value one servant’s work more than the other’s (even though one earned five   talents, and other only two)?  Why?  How should this change your understanding of the value of your work compared to that of others?  What does God expect you to do with the gifts and talents that He gives you?

WEDNESDAY — Discuss the passage with your team.

2) What abilities has God given you?  Are you using each of these fully?  In regard to which of your abilities are you unconfident and fearful of the risk of trying to use that ability wholeheartedly?  What will be God’s reply if you do not use the gifts He has given you? (v. 18, 24-30)  Which of your abilities do you need to use more faithfully?  How can you find encouragement to do so?

THURSDAY — Discuss the passage with your team.

3) How can the truths of this passage impact your school work?  Your work at your job?  Your work as part of your team?  You may not have the largest amount of athletic ability on your team, but how can you use the talent that God has given you to please Him?  Is God more pleased with the faithful work of the team’s star player or the faithful work of the bench player who encourages with all his might?

4) Do any of your teammates have talents that they are not using?  How can you  encourage those teammates to use those talents?  How could that impact the    success of your team?

FRIDAY — Discuss sport applications of work habits and pray together.

Ask your athletes to briefly reflect on what they’ve learned about work habits this week, and to repeat some of those things.  (Remind them of some of the Biblical truths about work habits you’ve discussed, if necessary.)

Ask your team, “Based on what we learned about work habits this week...What does an athlete with godly work habits do?”  Do not settle for vague answers; challenge your athletes to go beyond general qualities of an athlete with godly work habits, and to determine what those qualities look like in action.

Add the results to your team’s list of descriptions of the “athlete with godly work habits”, and be sure the list is displayed somewhere that is constantly visible, as a reminder to the team.

Pray together as a team.  Encourage your athletes to pray for your team’s growth in regard to the discipline of work habits — especially in relation to some of the  issues and challenges that you discussed together this week.  Challenge them to also ask for forgiveness, when applicable.  Give time for athletes to request prayer (regarding work habits or anything else), and pray together.

 

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