Family Bible Study:
‘“Suppose a master puts one of his slaves in charge of the other slaves in his house. The slave’s job is to give them their food at the right time. The master wants a faithful and wise slave for this. It will be good for the slave if the master finds him doing his job when the master returns. What I’m about to tell you is true. The master will put that slave in charge of everything he owns. But suppose that slave is evil. Suppose he says to himself, ‘My master is staying away a long time.’ Suppose he begins to beat the other slaves. And suppose he eats and drinks with those who drink too much. The master of that slave will come back on a day the slave doesn’t expect him. He will return at an hour the slave does not know. Then the master will cut him to pieces. He will send him to the place where pretenders go. There people will weep and grind their teeth.’ Matthew 24:45-51
  • If you could pick one chore to stop doing, what would it be?
  • Today, we are going tor read a story Jesus told about a servant who quit doing his job after his master left, let’s read it together.   (PARENTS NOTE:  just in case this passage brings up the topic of slavery with your child.  Slavery was different in biblical times.  Slaves were more like what we would think of as a servant in a household.  It is true that they were owned, but most had sold themselves into slavery to pay off a debt.)
  • Have someone read the passage.
  • There are two kinds of servants in this passage that Jesus talks about.  Let’s act it out.  One of you be the good servant and one of you be the bad servant. (if you only have one child, have them act out both parts)
  • Have you ever been in class at school and had your teacher leave the room for a while?  What happens while they are gone? (PARENTS NOTE:  If you have a funny story from your childhood, tell it now – children love hearing stories about their parents childhood.)
  • Why do you think the bad servant treats all the other servants so poorly? 
  • Jesus has pretty hard words for the bad servant doesn’t He?  Why do you think Jesus is so hard on him?  (PARENTS NOTE:  Jesus is making a point about us being ready for Him.  Remember, he is talking to His disciples who will one day be leaders for all His church.  He is reminding them that He will leave them in charge, and it’s their job to feed and protect people, not to take advantage of the situation.)
  • How can we make sure that we stay ready for when Jesus returns?
  • Pray with your child and ask God to help you stay prepared and ready for Him – to care for those around you and love the people He puts in your life.