A Christian who tries to accumulate toys, money, and possessions during life is like a Union soldier who tried to stockpile Confederate currency at the end of the Civil War.
Not only was he a traitor, he was a fool, for his prize was worthless!
Adapted from The Treasure Principle by Randy Alcorn.
Until I get all the resources from our snowy and small (but wonderful) Wednesday night class up here, here are some of the discussion questions we looked at. Hope it’s good food for thought! :)
Read Matthew 26:38-46. What does the servant’s prayer have in common with Jesus’?
The servant got several physical signs. Other OT characters (Gideon, Abraham, Moses, Elijah) got them, too. Without signs like those, how does God help us make decisions? (see Luke 11:27-36)
Read Proverbs 3:5-6. How can we ensure spiritual success on our missions for him?
What else can we learn from this story?
Read Genesis 50:15-21. How does this story compare with Esau’s plan? (If you’ve read ahead…how does Esau’s plan turn out?)
Read Romans 9:12-14. Was this blessing situation fair?
Read Hebrews 12:15-17. What does unholiness or sexual immorality have to do with Esau?
What can we learn from these passages?
Read Exodus 20:17 and Proverbs 12:12. If everyone you just read about followed these passages, what would have been different?
Read 1Timothy 6:10 and Hebrews 13:4-6. What do we lose if we give in to materialism?
Read 1 Peter 2:23. What can we learn about solving problems from these examples?