This week’s Scripture: Mark 10:17-31 (p. 897)
Luke 14:25-27, 33 (NLT) A large crowd was following Jesus. He turned around and said to them, “If you want to be my disciple, you must hate everyone else by comparison—your father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters—yes, even your own life. Otherwise, you cannot be my disciple. And if you do not carry your own cross and follow me, you cannot be my disciple…So you cannot become my disciple without giving up everything you own.”
2 Corinthians 5:15 (TEV) He died for all, so that those who live should no longer live for themselves, but only for him who died and was raised to life for their sake.
Luke 12:15 (TEV) He went on to say to them all, “Watch out and guard yourselves from every kind of greed; because your true life is not made up of the things you own, no matter how rich you may be.”
Matthew 16:26 (NAS) “What will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his soul?”
Luke 16:11-12 (TEV) “If, then, you have not been faithful in handling worldly wealth, how can you be trusted with true wealth? And if you have not been faithful with what belongs to someone else, who will give you what belongs to you?”
1 John 5:21 (NLT) Dear children, keep away from anything that might take God’s place in your hearts.
Luke 6:46-47 (ESV) “Why do you call me ‘Lord, Lord,’ and not do what I tell you?”
Matthew 6:24 (CSB) “No one can serve two masters, since either he will hate one and love the other, or he will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.”
1 Timothy 6:17-19 (CSB) Instruct those who are rich in the present age not to be arrogant or to set their hope on the uncertainty of wealth, but on God, who richly provides us with all things to enjoy. Instruct them to do what is good, to be rich in good works, to be generous and willing to share, storing up treasure for themselves as a good foundation for the coming age, so that they may take hold of what is truly life.
What do you wish you’d known about money and wealth beginning in your childhood? One hundred years from now, what do you think you’ll wish you’d known about money?
Read the story of “The rich young ruler” again from Mark 10:17-31. What do you think motivated this young man to approach Jesus as he did with his question about eternal life?
By choosing to hang on to his wealth over divesting himself of it to be given away, what was this rich young man gaining? What was he losing?
Read 1 Timothy 6:17-19. How does this passage relate to this story? What truths do you see in this passage that help you with the idea of handling wealth? What’s one thing you can do this week to “let go” of material things and embrace God’s Kingdom more fully?
What does this story say about what “success” in life really is? What do you think Jesus meant in Mark 10:31 with regard to success?
If Jesus were to evaluate your life in love like he did this young man’s, and say, “One thing you lack” – what do you suspect that one thing might be? How can your group pray for or help you with this?
A born teacher, Steve combines a depth of insight with unchanging biblical truths to provide messages that are both engaging & life changing. Married to Jean, his bride of 35 years, and the father of three adult children, Steve enjoys early mornings on his porch in study, time with family & friends at the coast, and playing Bluegrass music on his guitar.