What is the most generous act you have received from another person? How did that make you feel?
Read Luke 12:13-34
- In reading the first part of this parable, it seems like the man was to be admired. How do think the listeners responded to Jesus referring to him as a fool?
- Why do you think the rich man failed to live generously? What keeps us from living generously?
- Immediately following the parable, Jesus started talking about worry. What is the connection between the temptation to worry and the temptation to not live generously?
- Notice the rich man had barns (vs. 18) and the ravens have none (vs. 24). From Jesus’ perspective, which one was better off? Do you agree with Jesus? Why is it hard to believe that his way is best?
- Are you tempted to plan on being generous when you finally feel financially secure? What is wrong with that plan?
- In vs. 32 Jesus told his followers that the “Father has been pleased to give you the kingdom”. In light of this gift, what were they to do?
- Do we see the “kingdom” as so special that we have reason to sell what we have and give to the poor? Why don’t we?
- Read vs. 34. Do you feel like your heart follows where you put your treasure, or that your treasure follows where you put your heart?
- What is one specific area where you could use prayer to be more trusting in the provision of God so that you will live more generously?