Today’s Text: Luke 12:22-34
Jesus tells us not to worry about material things. This is very similar to His teaching recorded in Matthew 6.
Some of the reasons He gives are : (1) There are more important things in life than food and clothing, (2) worrying itself does no good, (3) an obsession with material things is a misplaced priority, (4) it also shows a lack of faith in our heavenly father who promises us if we seek Him first He will take care of our needs.
Do you see any other reasons?
Jesus concludes with “do not fear little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom”.
How does this assurance (that the Father desires to give us the Kingdom) relate to our tendency to worry about material things?
Today’s Text: Luke 12:13-21
A man approached Jesus about a financial dispute with a family member. Jesus refuses to be a part of the squabble and uses the opportunity to teach a lesson about covetousness. The parable of the Rich Fool is about a man who was materially rich but did not have a true relationship with God.
Jesus says our life does not consist in the abundance of things we possess. Several of our readings this week will remind us about the relative value of material vs spiritual things – that it is the spiritual things that really matter most.
Concerning the family dispute brought to Jesus, I suppose someone was right and someone was wrong. Why do you think Jesus refused to get involved?
Today’s reading: Luke 10:38-42
Jesus visits the home of two sisters, Mary and Martha. Martha is determined to be a good hostess and is busy and distracted with physical things while Mary just sits there and listens to Jesus teach! Finally she complains to Jesus. Jesus points out to Martha that there are more important things than physical matters.
1. How common is it today that we become “worried and distracted about many things” that are not that important?
2. What is the “one thing needed” that Mary chose?
3. Why is it superior to physical matters?