Series: That You May Know The Way
Title: Part 4
Date: February 27/28, 2016
Speaker: Phil Vaughan
A certain ruler asked him, “Good teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?” “Why do you call me good?” Jesus answered. “No one is good—except God alone.” “You know the commandments: ‘You shall not commit adultery, you shall not murder, you shall not steal, you shall not give false testimony, honor your father and mother.’ ” “All these I have kept since I was a boy,” he said. When Jesus heard this, he said to him, “You still lack one thing. Sell everything you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.” Luke 18:18-22 (NIV)
A Value Proposition - What you are about to pay is worth it because what you will get in return will so much larger (bargain).
When he heard this, he became very sad, because he was very wealthy. Luke 18:23 (NIV)
What competes for your affection and allegiance? What matters the most? Are you willing to lay it down for what is most important? Jesus clarified the 1st commandment with this man (no other gods before God).
Teach those who are rich in this world not to be proud and not to trust in their money, which is so unreliable. Their trust should be in God, who richly gives us all we need for our enjoyment. Tell them to use their money to do good. They should be rich in good works and generous to those in need, always being ready to share with others. 1 Timothy 6:17-19 (NLT)
On average, how generous are we with those in need? Average giving in Douglas Count = 2.4% People with less income (50% of the average income in Douglas County) are statistically more generous: 4.0%
Jesus asks for 100%. Jesus invites us into a relationship where God takes center stage.
By doing this they will be storing up their treasure as a good foundation for the future so that they may experience true life. 1 Timothy 6:17-19 (NLT)
If you want to break bondage, you do it through generosity, benefitting those who have less than you. You will find life.
You still lack one thing…what is it for you? What keeps you from putting God on center stage in your life? What competes for your affection and allegiance?
"He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain that which he cannot lose.” - Jim Elliot
· When was a time that you found a real bargain of a deal?
· Read Luke 18:18-30
· What did the ruler ask of Jesus? (v. 18)
· What did the ruler lack? (v. 22)
· How did the ruler respond to Jesus’ instructions? (v. 23)
· What does Jesus teach about sacrifice in relation to God? (v. 29-30)
· What do you think prevents some people from giving God center stage in their life? What competes for their affection and allegiance?
· What comes to mind when you hear the quote from Jim Elliot - "He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain that which he cannot lose.”?
· “You still lack one thing…” What specific sacrifice do you think Jesus would ask of you?
· What is the one thing you need to take away from this study?
· What will help you remember it?
· Is there anything that needs to change in your thinking, actions, or relationships as a result?