Today’s we share part four of our Desperately Seeking video Bible study series. Do you know someone like Miriam? If you went to Bible college, I’m sure you do.
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What do you think of Miriam?
What are some good things we can say about Miriam?
What red flags do you see in Miriam?
Miriam sounds like a young woman with a good heart. She might even make a great pastor’s wife. But Miriam was not very wise in her college plans. She had the opportunity to get a good education, to start a career, and to gain some independence. Instead, she graduated school with a huge debt and little to show for it.
Being a stay-at-home parent is as noble a life choice as having a career, but God doesn’t want us to enter the world as helpless, dependent babes. Your single years are a time for learning how to be wise with the opportunities and the blessings you have been given. It is a time to get an education, to learn how to provide for yourself, and to learn how to manage your money.
God has given each one of us talents and opportunities. If we don’t use those gifts wisely, we have no one to blame but ourselves.
Read Matthew 25:14-30
How did the rich man reward the servants who invested their talents wisely?
Why did the rich man punish the one who did not invest their talents?
What do you think Jesus is really talking about in this parable?
Which of the servants do you think most matches up with Miriam, and why?
Why is it important for us to learn to be independent, even if we plan on getting married?
How would learning to be a good money manager and learning to live on your own benefit you in married life?
What other skills do you think you need in addition to being a good money manager?
What are you doing to establish yourself as a self-sufficient person right now?
Is there anything you need help with right now so that you can stand on your own two feet?
Thank you for the gifts you have given us. Help us to invest those gifts and be wise stewards of all you have given us.
In Jesus’ name,