Money and Trust
Matthew's gospel wasn't really about loaning money. It stressed the trust the king placed in his servants. Money was merely the tool to measure that trust.
How does your family measure trust? Chores and homework done? How does it reward trust? Allowance, special treats, or quality time? This week, create a chart of duties and rewards. At week's end, review each. Discuss the relationship between duties and rewards in terms of trust. Parents trust their children will fulfill their responsibilities. Children trust their parents will reward them for being responsible. Praise your children for their hard work. Finally, read Matthew 25:14-30. Explain that the last servant did nothing with his money because he did not trust his master. And he did not trust himself.