Episode 093 – Parable of the Rich Fool Pt 4: Setting Rich Goals
Key Passage(s): Luke 12:13-21
92% of New Year’s resolutions fail. Clearly, there’s something wrong with the way we execute our goals. But the biggest problem isn’t with the execution; it’s with the goals themselves. Many of us are setting bad goals, and we don’t even know it. They’re having a negative impact on us, and we’re totally unaware. In this final part on the Parable of the Rich Fool, we’re going to challenge the way we think about goals, assess the ones we have, and ensure that we’re setting the right kind of goals. Because if we don’t set the right goals, we’ll pursue the wrong ones, and find ourselves in poverty to the purposes of God.
- What was your biggest takeaway from the teaching?
- In what ways have past goals for you been more enslaving than liberating (and perhaps you didn’t even realize so until now)?
- What goals do you have for 2020 (or what goals do you have in general)?
- In assessing those goals in light of this teaching, are they the right ones to have?
- Gary Burge wrote, “The issue is not whether a person is ‘rich’ toward God (the usual translation) but whether he or she is contributing to a wealth valued by God. People choose: either to enrich themselves or to enrich their relationship with God.” How does this quote encourage or challenge you?
- Are there certain areas of your life that you need more of a “Kingdom” focus than a “me” focus?
- What goals can you make that will challenge and remind you on a regular basis to orient your kingdom to God’s Kingdom, and pursue those things that God sees as valuable?
- 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 Storyteller by Gary M. Burge – Chapter 7
- Finish: Give Yourself the Gift of Done by Jon Acuff
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