Looking back at your notes from this week’s lesson, was there anything that particularly caught your attention, challenged or confused you?
Getting to Know You
1. When you pack for a trip are you more likely to over-pack or under-pack? Why?
2. Probably every person struggles to some extent with clutter in their homes. Too many clothes, books, toys, and so on. Is there one space or room in your home that gets particularly cluttered? If you’re comfortable, please share. Which one is it?
3. On Sunday, we read the Parable of the Rich Fool (Luke 12) who hoarded his money, then died shortly thereafter. This parable was told to a man who was fighting his brother for his rights to the family inheritance. How do you think he might have felt hearing this story? How might you have felt hearing it?
1. The following passage comes right after the Parable of the Rich Fool and it clarifies and expands Jesus’s teaching on money. Essentially, Jesus is teaching to live with less so that you can live more. Please read the following passage and take note of the things which Jesus is saying to have less of. Underline every instance you see of the phrase “do not.”
22 Then Jesus said to his disciples: “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat; or about your body, what you will wear. 23 For life is more than food, and the body more than clothes.24 Consider the ravens: They do not sow or reap, they have no storeroom or barn; yet God feeds them. And how much more valuable you are than birds! 25 Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to your life? 26 Since you cannot do this very little thing, why do you worry about the rest?
27 “Consider how the wild flowers grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you, not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. 28 If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today, and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, how much more will he clothe you—you of little faith! 29 And do not set your heart on what you will eat or drink; do not worry about it. 30 For the pagan world runs after all such things, and your Father knows that you need them. 31 But seek his kingdom, and these things will be given to you as well.
32 “Do not be afraid, little flock, for your Father has been pleased to give you the kingdom. 33 Sell your possessions and give to the poor. Provide purses for yourselves that will not wear out, a treasure in heaven that will never fail, where no thief comes near and no moth destroys. 34 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
Did you have any insights reading these verses? Please share.
Can you think of anyone you know that is content and happy to live with less? What do they do that works for them?
2. For some people, living with less is natural and comes easily. For others, it takes great faith! Jesus understands the struggle of living with less. He is a “high priest who empathizes with our weaknesses” (Hebrews 4:15). Please read the following passages about Jesus’s lifestyle.
Matthew 8:19-20 (NCV)
19 Then a teacher of the law came to Jesus and said, “Teacher, I will follow you any place you go.”
20 Jesus said to him, “The foxes have holes to live in, and the birds have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to rest his head.”
32 This is the passage of Scripture the eunuch was reading:
“He was led like a sheep to the slaughter, and as a lamb before its shearer is silent, so he did not open his mouth. 33 In his humiliation he was deprived of justice. Who can speak of his descendants? For his life was taken from the earth.”
34 The eunuch asked Philip, “Tell me, please, who is the prophet talking about, himself or someone else?” 35 Then Philip began with that very passage of Scripture and told him the good news about Jesus.
Reading these passages, it’s easy to admire and appreciate Jesus. But as Christians, we’re called to aspire to be like Jesus. What do you think it means in practice to live like Jesus?
Bringing it Home
What do you think is the most important thing to remember from this week?
Did you learn anything from reviewing your budget for Christmas gifts? Please share.