1. Proverbs 10:4 says that laziness leads to poverty. What is laziness? Is this verse about money?
2. In Matthew 25:14-30, Jesus told a parable about responsibility. A rich man went on a journey. Before he left, he called his three servants. He gave one of them five bags of gold to take care of. Another got two bags, and the third got one bag. While the master was gone, the servant with five bags invested the money and made five more bags. The servant with two bags did the same and gained two more bags. But the servant with one bag dug a hole and buried the gold. When the master returned, he was very happy with the first two servants and gave them more responsibility. But he was unhappy with the servant who buried his gold. He kicked him out of his service with nothing. As you listen to this episode, think about what it means to take responsibility.
“Laziness leads to poverty; hard work makes you rich.”
A: It’s not my fault, it’s not my job, it’s not my gift.
A: Lucille took care of the strawberries, Morrie took care of the corn, and Liz took care of the pumpkins.
In this episode, Liz and his friends put on a three-act play to teach about responsibility.
The Bible has a lot to say about taking responsibility. For example, we are to be responsible for the way we act toward others (Luke 10:30-37). We are responsible for the way we treat our families (1 Timothy 5:8). We are responsible to study God’s Word (2 Timothy 2:15). And we are responsible for the way we handle money (Hebrews 13:5).
God has done so much for us. He created us. He sent his son, Jesus, to die for us. He saves us from the punishment for our sins. As a way to show our thanks to him for all he’s done for us, we want to honor him. We do this by taking responsibility to live a life pleasing to him.
Get two jars and a supply of something small, like candy pieces, coins or small rocks. Put a strip of tape on each jar. On one jar, write “Responsible.” On the other jar, write “Not so much.” Over the next week, ask your parents to tell you when they think you’ve been responsible and when you haven’t. When they say you have been, put an item in the “Responsible” jar. When they say you haven’t, put an item in the “Not so much” jar. At the end of the week, see which jar is fuller. If your “Not so much” jar has more items, ask the Lord to help you become more responsible.