Last week, Dave Oakley reminded us that God never intended money to be a tool used for personal happiness, but rather, a tool to advance His purposes in the world. Money is a gift given to us by God; it’s a tool to be used, not for our own personal advancement, but primarily for the fulfillment of God’s purposes in the world. Money is also a test of where your heart’s allegiance lies. Whom do you serve?
17As Jesus started on His way, a man ran up to Him and fell on his knees before Him. “Good teacher,” he asked, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?” 18“Why do you call Me good?” Jesus answered. “No one is good—except God alone. 19You know the commandments: ‘Do not murder, do not commit adultery, do not steal, do not give false testimony, do not defraud, honor your father and mother.’” 20“Teacher,” he declared, “all these I have kept since I was a boy.” 21Jesus looked at him and loved him. “One thing you lack,” He said. “Go, sell everything you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow Me.” 22At this the man’s face fell. He went away sad, because he had great wealth. Mark 10:17-22
What is the most valuable thing you’ve ever owned?
Read Mark 10:17-22. What does the question the man asked reveal about him?
Why do you think Jesus asked the man, “Why do you call me good….No one is good – except God alone”?
Read Exodus 20:1-17. Which of the commandments did Jesus mention? Which ones did He leave out? Why do you think He didn’t include these in His question?
How did the man respond? Do you believe he was telling the truth?
What was the “one thing” Jesus said the man lacked?
Why do you think Jesus didn’t say anything about grace, faith, or being “born again” (see John 3:3)?
What did the man’s response reveal about his attitude towards his possessions?
Read Mark 8:34 and Philippians 3:7-9. How do these verses relate to Jesus’ response to the man to sell everything?
How do you think Jesus’s instructions to “Go, sell everything you have and give to the poor” apply to you today?
There was one thing holding the man back from God. One thing keeping him from experiencing the happy life. One thing that kept this man from experiencing the fullness of God in his life; and it had everything to do with the allegiance of his heart. Jesus said that you cannot serve both God and Money. This week, consider what one thing is God calling you to “sell” in order to follow Him. This is not limited to material possessions – it can be pleasures or plans or dreams or even comforts and securities.
FOR FURTHER STUDY
Aaron said that Money is capitalized in this passage because Jesus personified money as a rival to God. He suggested that money has intrinsic power that seeks to dominate. Money can be god-like, and because of this, Jesus knows that money is the chief competitor for your heart. Look up the following verses and list the principle you learn about money.
- Psalm 24:1
- Proverbs 3:9
- Proverbs 11:28
- Proverbs 22:9
- Ecclesiastes 5:10
- Matthew 6:1-4
- Matthew 6:21
- Matthew 6:24
- 1 Timothy 6:10
- 1 Timothy 6:17-19