- What are specific memories you have that are associated with songs?
- If you got everything you wanted, would it be a dream or a nightmare? How so?
- We’re convinced that the ladder we’re climbing will satisfy us. What ladder are you climbing and what’s behind it? Is it pleasing to God?
Read Luke 18:18-30
Once a religious leader asked Jesus this question: “Good Teacher, what should I do to inherit eternal life?” “Why do you call me good?” Jesus asked him. “Only God is truly good. But to answer your question, you know the commandments: ‘You must not commit adultery. You must not murder. You must not steal. You must not testify falsely. Honor your father and mother.’” The man replied, “I’ve obeyed all these commandments since I was young.” When Jesus heard his answer, he said, “There is still one thing you haven’t done. Sell all your possessions and give the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.”
But when the man heard this he became very sad, for he was very rich. When Jesus saw this, he said, “How hard it is for the rich to enter the Kingdom of God! In fact, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to enter the Kingdom of God!” Those who heard this said, “Then who in the world can be saved?” He replied, “What is impossible for people is possible with God.”
Peter said, “We’ve left our homes to follow you.” “Yes,” Jesus replied, “and I assure you that everyone who has given up house or wife or brothers or parents or children, for the sake of the Kingdom of God, will be repaid many times over in this life, and will have eternal life in the world to come.”
- In this parable, a rich man is asking Jesus how to inherit eternal life. How did Jesus respond and what did the rich man think of Jesus’ response?
- Why do you think the rich man felt the way he did after Jesus’ response to him?
- How do you relate to the rich man in this story? How have you tried to hold on to money or possessions?
Reread the last two verses of Jesus’ final reply in this passage. How do Jesus’ words here change how you view money, possessions, and things?
Make The Change
- What ways are you trying to satisfy yourself instead of pleasing God? What do you need to change in order to seek God instead?
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