THIS WEEK'S LESSON
Jesus Taught About Possessions
BIBLE PASSAGE: Luke 12
STORY POINT: Jesus taught people not to worry because God provides for our needs.
KEY PASSAGE: John 14:25-26
BIG PICTURE QUESTION: What did Jesus teach when He was on earth?
Jesus taught about God and His kingdom. He taught that all Scripture is about Him.
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A very large crowd—thousands of people (Luke 12:1)—had gathered around Jesus as He taught His disciples. The people recognized Him as a rabbi (teacher), so it was not unusual that someone called out, asking Jesus to settle a financial dispute. But Jesus knew the man was motivated by greed, and He told a story.
In Jesus’ parable, a rich man had so many crops that he decided to tear down his barns and build bigger ones. That way, he could store everything he had and take it easy. But the man was foolish and short-sighted. He didn’t consider he could die that very night. The saying is true: “You can’t take it with you.” Rather than storing up treasures for ourselves, we should live to glorify God and live generously, using what we have on earth to make an eternal impact.
Jesus also addressed worry with His disciples. Jesus’ followers should not be anxious about their basic needs. God takes care of the birds and the flowers. People are God’s most valuable and beloved creatures; we can trust Him to provide for us!
Jesus contrasted the way the unsaved Gentiles lived with how believers should live. Unbelievers seek wealth and possessions as if that was the main goal in life. They act like God does not care about their needs. But our focus should not be on ourselves, our wealth, and our possessions; we should focus on God’s kingdom. We do not need to worry. God will provide. He is glad to give us what we need!
God gives us good gifts on earth. We can steward these gifts for His glory. Earthly treasures will not last forever. When Jesus is our greatest treasure, we can live generously and trust God to provide what we need.
God calls us to live generously. You may not have to give everything up all at once, but he does call us to be ready to do so. Hecalls us to give generously of our things (money and possessions) as well as of our lives and hearts (time, love, dedication, and deeds). Sometimes this worries us: who will take care of me? God reminds us not to worry; he not only provides for us, but he sent us Jesus, the greatest treasure and the fulfilled of all of our needs. What are some needs that God has provided for in your life, that you can share with others? Can you trust that he will continue to fill those needs as you follow Jesus?
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