Building Bigger Store Houses              Luke 12: 16-21

 Written for teens:

           A man in the crowd asked Jesus to make his brother share his inheritance with him. Jesus rejected the role of a divider of assets and also warned the man against covetousness. A person’s life does not consist in abundance of assets.

           Luke 12: 16-21“And he told them this parable: “The ground of a certain rich man produced a good crop. He thought to himself, ‘What shall I do? I have no place to store my crops.’

           Then he said, ‘This is what I’ll do. I will tear down my barns and build bigger ones, and there will I store all my grain and my goods. And I’ll say to myself, “You have plenty of good things laid up for many years. Take life easy; eat, drink and be merry.”’

          But God said to him, ‘You fool! This very night your life will be demanded from you. Then who will get what you have prepared for yourself?’

 Who does the rich man serve?

Wat is God’s response to the rich man?

 The rich man thought he had it made. “Hey, now I can take it easy and enjoy life,” he said to himself. What’s wrong with this attitude?

 Verses 18-19 describe what the rich man decides to do. Rewrite those two verses to show what he might have said that would have been pleasing to God.

Greed– wanting more and more stuff– is a powerful force we’re all familiar with. Why do we want things? Need and want are two different things. Is it ever possible to have so much stuff that you don’t want any more? Do we really need computers, CD burners, expensive brand name shoes, a new car? Is having more than enough of everything a mark of God’s favour?

 What’s your own attitude toward your possessions? Are you in danger of storing up stuff at the expense of living a godly life? What will you do about it?

           We are more than/other than what we own or what we look like. Yet I know when my car is in for repair it is almost like having a part of me in hospital. I feel a certain anxiety or grieving. We certainly get very attached to our things! What attitude should we have about our stuff? Can having lots of things make us happy?

How shallow it is to want to hang around only the rich kids! This is so tempting. We hope that certain “success” and fitting in will rub off onto us. But we need not to be ashamed of the little we have. It is the stuff of the heart that makes us truly rich or poor.rabbit

          It is not what we have or even what we do that defines us. Your grandparents may have struggled about who they are after income decreases and the job doesn’t define their role anymore. The point is, what we have and what we do, whether we are on a sports team or play a musical instrument, are not as important as our heart condition and whether our actions are pure in loving kindness.

           We enter under the sovereign reign of the Divine with how rich we are toward God. The treasures on earth do not make it into God’s eternal purity and holy presence.

Chalk2000There is a big gap between rich and poor. How may we serve others in concrete ways? Shall it be a group project, food drive, helping shut-ins, tutoring program? The only thing good about having much is in the ability of giving much to others.