- What is your favorite Thanksgiving Day food? What is your least favorite?
This week is Thanksgiving. As such, we will have an abbreviated huddle. On Sunday, Pastor Bret taught from Luke 12:13-33. In this text, Jesus calls the man in his story a “fool,” and then tells the reader/listener why. Read the passage and think through these 4 BIG questions.
BIBLE ENGAGEMENT: LUKE 12:13-33
13 Someone in the crowd said to him, “Teacher, tell my brother to divide the inheritance with me.”
14 Jesus replied, “Man, who appointed me a judge or an arbiter between you?” 15 Then he said to them, “Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; life does not consist in an abundance of possessions.”
16 And he told them this parable: “The ground of a certain rich man yielded an abundant harvest. 17 He thought to himself, ‘What shall I do? I have no place to store my crops.’
18 “Then he said, ‘This is what I’ll do. I will tear down my barns and build bigger ones, and there I will store my surplus grain. 19 And I’ll say to myself, “You have plenty of grain laid up for many years. Take life easy; eat, drink and be merry.”’
20 “But God said to him, ‘You fool! This very night your life will be demanded from you. Then who will get what you have prepared for yourself?’
21 “This is how it will be with whoever stores up things for themselves but is not rich toward God.”
Do Not Worry
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[b]? 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.
BIBLE ENGAGMENET QUESTIONS
- What stands out to you in this text?
- What questions does it raise?
- What do you learn about Jesus (His personality, practices, priorities, etc)?
FOUR BIG QUESTIONS
In the text we just read, Jesus calls the man in the story a “fool,” and says, “This very night your life will be demanded from you. Then who will get what you have prepared for yourself?” As we read this, it should naturally makes us think through our own priorities.
- The Measure Question – What if your soul was required of you tonight? How would you evaluate your life? Are their regrets? Things you would change? Things you would absolutely do again? Where in your life where you “rich toward God?”
- What if God showed up and said, “Your soul is going to be required of you in 5 years.” If that were true, what would you do/change/prioritize?
- What SHOULD you do? (If living to pursue being rich toward God)
- What grows brighter as you draw closer? Another way to say it is, when you are really feeling close to God, what rises to the top? (When it comes to your personality, priorities, the way you treat people, etc)
CLOSE IN PRAYER