Episode 091 – Parable of the Rich Fool Pt 2: We Don’t Own It
Key Passage(s): Luke 12:13-21; 1 Chronicles 29:11; Deuteronomy 15:7-8
One of the biggest mistakes we make is believing that what we have, we actually own. In God’s eyes, we don’t own anything. Everything we have – our accomplishments, our possessions, even our lives – all belong to God. We’re simply called to steward what we have on God’s behalf. The rich man in this parable failed to see this, and many of us do as well. Until we recognize this, we’ll struggle with our possessions and we’ll fail to live as generous as God would like. As we move into this Christmas season of giving, this is a teaching we all need to hear.
- What was your biggest takeaway from the teaching?
- In addition to the “I” and “my” language Jesus used in this parable, is there anything else in this story that catches your attention that you may not have noticed before? If so, what do you think the significance is?
- How did this teaching affirm or change your understanding of possessions and ownership?
- What are the detriments of living tightfisted? What are the benefits of living open-handed?
- In what ways have you been tightfisted toward God or others, and God is challenging you to be more open-handed?
- How will you begin living out the truths of this teaching this week?
For Further Study
- Stories With Intent by Klyne Snodgrass – Pages 389-401
- Poet & Peasant and Through Peasant Eyes (Combined Ed.)by Kenneth Bailey – Chapter 4 in Through Peasant Eyes
- Jesus, The Middle Eastern Storytellerby Gary M. Burge – Chapter 7
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