The Comparison Game | Day Twelve
By: Megan Gover | To download the second week of this study, click here.
“There are no U-Hauls behind hearses.” – John Piper
Yesterday, we got a glimpse of the world’s appetite for money. Often times, the world uses money and wealth to fill a God-shaped void in our hearts. If we try to suppress our need for the Lord with tangible things, we end up unsatisfied and unchanged.
However, there is a biblical view of our blessings that not only bring joy, but honor to our King. Before we start today’s allotted time with the Lord, ask Him to take His rightful place in your heart—letting no idol or distraction come close to His presence.
First thing: Let’s look at a young person who let his possessions take precedence over Christ’s presence.
Turn to Luke 18:18-27. In this passage, a rich young ruler asked Jesus what he might do to inherit life.
What is Jesus’ response in how to inherit eternal life?
What one thing did the young ruler lack? What did Jesus tell him to do?
What are treasures in heaven?
What was the young ruler’s reaction to giving up his wealth?
What vivid imagery! Why do you think Jesus made the hyperbole of a camel going through the eye of the needle in reference to rich people getting into heaven? What does this say about wealth’s place as idols in our lives?
Jesus goes on to say that everyone is afforded the impossible gift of salvation through Christ dying on the cross for our sins. But, it still paints a picture of how close we can cling to our possessions over Christ!
Here is another example Jesus gave about wealth. As Jesus taught to a crowd of thousands, he began speaking to his disciples. A man in the crowd shouted to Jesus—asking about a fight with his brother over their inheritance. Jesus’ response is found in Luke 12:14-21.
Read this passage and write out verse 15 below.
What kind of emotion does the command watch out invoke?
Why does the man in this parable tear down his barns?
What ended up happening to him as a result of his selfish thinking?
How would you describe the main truth of this parable to a third grader?
How can we be rich towards God?
Though there are many “don’t” statements about money and wealth in the Bible, there are several verses telling us how to wisely view and invest our possessions in view of the Lord and eternity.
Read Hebrews 13:5. What two things are we commanded to do this in verse?
What does it mean to forsake? Look it up here.
How does the promise of God’s presence comfort us when it comes to money?
Do you place more confidence in the things you can see (roof, house, bed) over a God who is unseen? Why might it make it more difficult to not tangibly see the Lord when it comes to providing for our wants and needs?
Now, flip to Matthew 5. Jesus is giving the Sermon on the Mount and begins with the Beatitudes. Read verse 3.
What does it mean to be poor in spirit? How would you view yourself if you hold this attitude of yourself?
What is the result of being poor in spirit? How does this contradict the world’s status of wealth and prestige?
What steps do you need to take in order to uphold this beatitude today?
Before we look at our last passage for the day, think of this question: How does eternity effect how we see ourselves?
In the same way, how does eternity effect how we see our possessions?
Last, but not least, turn to Matthew 6:19-21—another part of the Sermon on the Mount.
What is an example of a treasure on earth? What is an example of a treasure in heaven?
Why does your heart signal where your treasure is?
What are you treasuring the most right now?
Spend the rest of your time with the Lord in prayer—asking Him to help you see your blessings as gifts to be unwrapped, used, and enjoyed. In addition, ask the Lord to show you the true value of your things from a world perspective (replaceable, returnable) and see them from an eternal view.