Conversation Starters: Invest Resources Wisely
Posted by Karah
THE BIBLE MEETS LIFE: “Don’t put all your eggs in one basket.” The origin of that phrase is at least 400 years old, but the principle is far older. Even the Bible speaks to the wisdom of diversifying our investments. That may not seem like a “spiritual” matter, but the Bible call us to be good stewards, and therefore, it calls us to be wise in all aspects of our life and finances.
Concept: Invest Resources Wisely
Acts 18:1-4, 11, 18-19, 24-28
LIFE POINT: Paul went many places teaching people about Jesus. While Paul was in the city of Corinth, he met a man named Aquila and his wife, Priscilla. They loved Jesus and wanted to learn more about Him. Aquila and Priscilla invited Paul to stay at their house. During the day, Aquila and Priscilla worked to make tents. Paul knew how to make tents, too. Paul worked together with Aquila and Priscilla to sew tents while he was staying at their house. Aquila and Priscilla traveled to another city with Paul to help
him tell people about Jesus. Aquila and Priscilla met Apollos. He loved Jesus. Aquila and Priscilla invited Apollos to come to their house where they taught him more about Jesus. Apollos was very glad to learn more about Jesus. Apollos then began traveling to other cities to tell people all he had learned
LIVE IT OUT: Ask your child’s teacher to share a picture or story of your child working with someone in
her class. Show the picture to your child or share the story with your child at home. Congratulate your
child for working with others to help care for the church.
LIFE POINT: A man was going on a trip. He gave one servant five talents, a second servant two talents, and a third servant one talent. Then the owner left. The first two servants used their talents to make more. The third servant took his one talent and buried it! When the owner came back, he asked for his money. The first two servants showed the money he had. The owner said, “Very good. You have done well with a little. I will put you in charge of more things.” The third servant said, “I was afraid. I took the talent you gave me and buried it. Here it is for you.” The owner was not happy. “You are lazy and wicked. At least you could have put the money in a bank. Give this man’s talent to the servant with ten talents! Take this man away from me.”
LIVE IT OUT: Does your child understand how to use money wisely? If she has an allowance, begin teaching her to save and give in addition to spending her money.
THE POINT: When it comes to your resources, plan and use them wisely. What are different ways people respond to the uncertainty of the future? How have you reacted to misfortune in the past? In what areas of life do you feel uncertain about the future? Discuss the following quote:
“The world asks, ‘What does a man own?’ Christ asks, ‘How does he use it?’”1 —Andrew Murray
LIVE IT OUT: Encourage your student to study Ecclesiastes 11 this week. Take time to find a few study materials for your student to use as they read this scripture.