Do your best: a family devotion

Parable of the Talents

a family devotion to help you do your best


For this family devotion, you will want to read the passage of the Parable of the Talents together. This will be the groundwork for your discussion. You have two different options to read, or you could read them both and compare them as part of your conversation.

  • Matthew 25:14-30
  • Luke 19:12-27

What is a talent?

A talent was a unit of measure for weight and money. It was about 75 pounds. Assuming the talents were gold, which was recently valued at $1259/ounce. That would make one talent of gold worth about $1.5 million. This parable is also the origin of the definition we know today, meaning ability. No matter what definition you use, keep in mind that talents are valuable.

So as you read, a master distributes talents among 3 of his servants, with the expectation they earn him more money while he is away. The first 2 wisely invest the money, so the master comes back to a profit. The third servant was scared, so he buried his talent.


Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters Col 3:23



  • Who in the story gives us an example of someone who did their best?
    • (answer) the two men who doubled their money through working and investing
  • Who in the story is an example of someone who did not do their best?
    • (answer) the man who buried his money
  • Who in the story represents God?
    • (answer) the man who gave his servants the money before he left.
  • Who do you relate to the most in the passage?


God has given us talents and abilities and he expects us to do our best with what he gives us. Just like each man received a different amount of money, we each receive different things from God. We need to do the best with what he gives us.

More family discussion questions

These questions don’t have right or wrong answers. They are meant to help you facilitate conversations with your kids.  Asking questions like this will help you learn about your children. They will also help you easily guide the conversation to allow you to talk about spiritual things in a very natural way.

What are some of your talents?

How can you do your best for God?

Name some talents of other family members.


More family devotion resources

If you are looking for more resources to help teach your kids about faith and have quality family devotion time, check out some of these articles.

David the Giant Killer

David’s Friendship

Finding Faith

Go for the gold with God

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About the Author

Ron is happily married to his best friend, and dad to the best daughter you could imagine. As a teacher and children's pastor, he has over 20 years experience of teaching, leading, writing, creating and consulting. He has written for churches, contributed to several collaborative publications, and written a #1 Best Selling Devotional, Got Fruit? on Amazon. His blog is consistantly listed in the Top 40 Children's Ministry Blogs and Websites. Don't hesitate to ask if you think he could help you and your ministry in any way.

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