Title: Manage Your Money
Summary: A real friendship with Jesus frees us to be rich toward God
Key Scripture: Luke 12:13-21
REQUEST: Why ask Jesus about an INHERITANCE? (Luke 12:13) Numbers 27:1-11; Deuteronomy 21:15-17
REFUSAL: Why did Jesus refuse to help him? (Luke 12:14-15) Exodus 20:17
REBUKE: What do we learn from a foolish FARMER? (Luke 12:16-21) 2 Corinthians 8:9
In The Treasure Principle, Randy Alcorn quotes missionary Hudson Taylor: “The less I spent on myself and the more I give to others, the fuller of happiness did my soul become” (p. 11).
Talk with your group about this quote. Who do you know who lives out this viewpoint today? How would you characterize their life and attitude? When have you sensed God’s blessing because you gave generously to someone else?
Read Luke 12:13-21. What was the man asking of Jesus? Why does Jesus refuse to be an arbitrator? In what ways does advertising contrast with what Jesus says in Luke 12:15?
Read Luke 12:16-21. Why did the man’s request prompt Jesus to tell this parable? What was the farmer’s perspective and how did he intend to solve his prosperity problem?
How does money have the power to make us “fools? If God owns all things, including our souls (Luke 12:20), what is our role with our resources? What are our rights and responsibilities?
Evaluate: What is really most important to us – building bigger barns (Luke 12:16-21) or “storing up treasures in heaven” (Matthew 6:19-21)?
When it comes to giving to God and his kingdom work, do we fall into the trap of “tipping” God a little each month? If we “tithe” (percentage giving of our income), what is our responsibility with the remainder of our income?
Assignment: Reflect on this prayer (adapted from Alcorn’s Treasure Principle, page 101):
“Lord, am I honoring you as the owner of my life and resources which you have entrusted to my care? Is money blinding me from the realities of life? Have I fallen into a trap of thinking you are a financial advisor to whom I pay a small fee in hopes that you will prosper me and my family? Have I mistakenly believed you owe it to me to work on my behalf, rather than recognizing that I am accountable to you for my soul and my life?”
For next week: Read Luke 12:22-34 and write down some of your money worries.