Jesus’ teachings in Luke 12 challenge us to judge what values control our lives and lead us to surrender the world’s fears and worries. Beginning with a warning against being too concerned about temporal matters, this chapter centers on the basic issue of the kingdom of God—commitment to the lordship of Jesus Christ.
Read Luke 12:1-12.
- Why would Jesus warn His disciples against the Pharisees?
- In your own words, what characterized the Pharisees’ behavior?
- How do you feel knowing that everything done in secret will someday be revealed?
Read Luke 12:13-34.
- Have you observed the desire for wealth or the acquisition of material things cause division in families?
- How would you answer the question of the rich man in verse 17?
- Why do possessions often seem to be more important than they are?
- How has worry crippled your productivity — or hindered your faith?
Taking it Home:
- Take a few minutes examining your heart: are there any adjustments or personal sacrifices you need to make in your life to pursue God’s kingdom wholeheartedly?
- One way to combat worry is to engage in praise and thanksgiving. What are some ways God has demonstrated His kindness and graciousness to you that you can focus on this week?
Other Scriptures to Engage with this week:
Psalm 20; Psalm 21; Psalm 49; Psalm 52; Psalm 146; Proverbs 11:23-31.