June 25: Deadly Sin #5- Greed (Luke 12:13-21)
Prepare for Sunday morning worship using the guide below.
Scott Forney will continue a series going through Tim Keller's "Meaning of Marriage" at 10 am in the youth room. The topic in this class for this week is "Singleness." Ray Rutledge will be in the Adult 1 classroom continuing through The Gospel Project (currently going through the New Testament).
13 Someone in the crowd said to him, “Teacher, tell my brother to divide the inheritance with me.” 14 But he said to him, “Man, who made me a judge or arbitrator over you?” 15 And he said to them, “Take care, and be on your guard against all covetousness, for one’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions.” 16 And he told them a parable, saying, “The land of a rich man produced plentifully, 17 and he thought to himself, ‘What shall I do, for I have nowhere to store my crops?’ 18 And he said, ‘I will do this: I will tear down my barns and build larger ones, and there I will store all my grain and my goods. 19 And I will say to my soul, “Soul, you have ample goods laid up for many years; relax, eat, drink, be merry.” ’ 20 But God said to him, ‘Fool! This night your soul is required of you, and the things you have prepared, whose will they be?’ 21 So is the one who lays up treasure for himself and is not rich toward God.”
Michael Douglas, who starred as Gordon Gekko in the 1987 movie ‘Wall Street’ famously said, "Greed is good." But is it? Jesus warns us to guard against all forms of covetousness or greed. Greed is a sin that sinks its roots deep in the heart of man. The danger of greed is evidenced in that money and possessions are the most often talked about topic in the NT. In the gospel of Luke, Jesus speaks about material issues in 1 in every 7 verses. Why? Because Jesus knows that there is a dynamic relationship between our desire for money and possessions and our spiritual health.
Review and Apply
How would you define greed?
Do you struggle with greed? Why or why not?
If someone were to review your checkbook, what would be the most important things identified in the areas of discretionary spending (not on basic necessities)?
Generally, what level of contentedness do you enjoy in life? None, low, periodic, or high?
What are you most afraid of losing that would threaten your contentment? What are you most excited about gaining that would increase your contentment?
How can you dethrone greed from your heart?
How does the cross lead to contentment and generosity?