The Parable of the Talents uses a narrator and 4 actors. This short drama skit was based on Matthew 25:14-20 concerning the second coming of Christ. It was originally written to be presented to children.
Narrator: Jesus talked a lot about his return. In the Bible there are many times when Jesus told his disciples parables to explain his second coming. In Matthew, Jesus tells the parable of the talents. It's about a man who went on a journey.
(FARMER BROWN enters)
Brown: I think I’ll go on a journey.
Narrator: He called his servants together and trusted his property to them.
Brown: HEY! Servants! Come here! (SERVANTS 1, 2 and 3 enter. They run in and line up in that order.)
Servant 1: You called?
Brown: Yes. I’m going on a journey and I want you to take care of my stuff. (To SERVANT 1) I’m giving you 5 talents. (BROWN pulls 5 coins out of his pocket and gives them to SERVANT 1. Count them out. Then, turn to SERVANT 2) I’m giving you 2 talents. (Does the same thing, then looks at SERVANT 3) And I’m giving you 1 talent. (All others freeze)
Servant 3: What's a talent?
Narrator: It’s like money. But it can represent anything that God gives you to take care of.
Servant 3: Like what?
Narrator: Well, like your possessions, you know, your toys and books. And the talents that God gave you, like your ability to sing or draw.
Servant 3: Oh, I think I get it. (Others unfreeze)
Brown: Care for these carefully while I am gone.(He exits.)
Servant 3: What do I do with this?
Servant 1: We must be faithful servants.
Servant 2: That’s right, we want to make Farmer Brown proud of us.
Narrator: The man who had received 5 went right to work and gained 5 more. (SERVANT 1 exits) The person who got 2 also gained 2 more. (SERVANT 2 exits) But the person who received 1 went off, dug a hole in the ground and hid it in the ground. (SERVANT 3 pretends to dig a hole and puts the coin in it. She exits) After a long time (sign “A LONG TIME” is held up) the master returned. (FARMER BROWN ENTERS)
Brown: Well, let’s see how my servants did. HEY! Servants! Come here! (SERVANTS 1, 2 & 3 enter. They run in and line up in that order.)
Servant 1: Master, you gave me 5 talents. See, I have gained 5 more. (SERVANT 1 counts out 10 coins into BROWN’s hand.)
Brown Well done good and faithful servant. You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness.
Servant 2 Master, you gave me 2 talents. See, I have gained 2 more. (SERVANT 2 counts out 4 coins into BROWN’s hand.)
Brown: Well done good and faithful servant. You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness.
Servant 3 Master, I knew that you are a hard man, harvesting where you have not sown and gathering where you have not scattered seed. So I was afraid and went out and hid the talent in the ground. See here is what belongs to you. (Hands him the coin)
Brown: You wicked, lazy servant. You should have put this on deposit in the bank. At least I would have gained interest. Throw that worthless servant outside, into the darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. (SERVANTS 1 & 2 “toss” SERVANT 3 offstage) Come, let’s all celebrate. (All exit except for NARRATOR.)
Narrator: Jesus is coming back. Let’s use the things he’s given us. (NARRATOR exits.)
Watch a video of the Parable of the Talents presented during an elementary children's service.