Family Bible Study lesson for Feb. 24: Stockpiling to Sharing
February 8 2002 by Lisa Horton , Luke 12:13-21; 21:1-4

Family Bible Study lesson for Feb. 24: Stockpiling to Sharing | Friday, Feb. 8, 2002

Friday, Feb. 8, 2002

Family Bible Study lesson for Feb. 24: Stockpiling to Sharing

By Lisa Horton Luke 12:13-21; 21:1-4

One Saturday, I cleaned out the overflowing toy boxes in our home and donated a box of toys to our church nursery. A week later, walking past the nursery with my two sons, my 4-year old peeked into the room and recognized a familiar toy. Suddenly he was in the room, sifting through the toys, unhappily pointing out the ones that were his. I explained to him that he still had many toys at home. We discussed how God likes for us to share. Proud of myself for explaining everything so clearly, and confident that he had understood, I turned to leave the room. Realizing I was not being followed, I looked over my shoulder and saw him filling both arms with "his toys to take home and put back in his toy box."

Guard Against Greed

(Luke 12:13-15)

It is not surprising to see greediness in a 4-year-old because, after all, he is a child. Unfortunately, greediness can also be observed in adults.

Years ago, a young woman named Hetty Green inherited nearly $5 million. Stingy and shrewd, she was determined to have more. Wearing tattered clothes and traveling in a rundown carriage that had once been a henhouse, she turned her wealth into an even greater fortune. She imposed her tight fistedness on others and criticized those who did not heed her advice. She supposedly died during an argument with a servant over a houseguest's spending habits.

In the 12th chapter of Luke, Jesus warns His listeners to guard against greed. He says, "A man's life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions." Many people think their lives would be better and happier if they could just win a million dollars. I have even heard well-meaning Christians say, "If I only had a million dollars, I would give it to God, give it to the church, help this person or support that ministry." But, if we are unwilling to give what we do have, what makes us think we would be any less selfish with a million dollars? How much is really enough? Ecclesiastes 5:10 says, "Those who love money will never have enough."

Gain Spiritual Riches

(Luke 12:16-21)

Jesus told a parable about a self-centered farmer who God had blessed with an abundant crop. What was the farmer's reaction to this blessing? He greedily decided to keep it "all" to himself! He did not seek God's will, and the thought of sharing it never crossed his mind. God condemned the farmer's selfish attitude and demanded his soul. Jesus said, "This is how it will be with anyone who stores up things for himself but is not rich toward God."

Spiritual riches are far more important than monetary riches. All we are and all we have must be used in the context of our relationship with Christ.

Why has God trusted us with abundant resources? Could it be that He wants us to evangelize a world that needs to know Christ? Does He expect us to help alleviate the misery of those who are starving, unmedicated and uneducated? If we are rich toward God, we will use these resources for His glory.

What resources has God given to you that He wants you to share with others? Money? Possessions? Time? Spiritual gifts? Talents? God's word commands us to "be rich in good deeds and to be generous and willing to share" (1 Tim. 6:17-19).

Give Sacrificially

(Luke 21:1-4)

A teacher asked her 10-year-olds if they would give $1 million to the missionaries.

"Yes!" they screamed!

"Would you give $1,000?"Again they shouted, "Yes!"

"Would you give just a dollar to the missionaries?" she asked.

"Yes!" they all exclaimed, except for Johnny, who was clutching his pocket.

"Johnny," the teacher asked, "why didn't you say 'Yes' this time?"

"Well," he stammered, "I have a dollar."

Missionary Jim Elliot wrote in his journal: "He is no fool to give up that which he cannot keep in order to gain that which he can never lose!"

Just like the poor widow whom Jesus praised for giving all that she had unto God, we must also give sacrificially, as good stewards of God's resources!

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