Introduction: When we read a title like “Lord of Our Resources,” we
think: “Oh no, not another pitch to give more money.” Being faithful
to God is not simply a matter of money (although that is surely part
of it), it involves all of our gifts and talents. Let’s dive into our
lesson and see what God says about our resources!

  1. Our Words

    1. Read Luke 12:8-9. What do you think it means to
      “acknowledge” Jesus?

      1. What does Jesus promise He will do if we acknowledge
        Him before others? (We have this picture in Hebrews 8
        of Jesus standing up for us in heaven. He is
        mediating on our behalf just as the High Priest
        mediated on behalf of the people of Israel on the Day
        of Atonement.)

      2. If Jesus is mediating on our behalf in heaven, what
        does that teach us about what He wants from us when
        He says we should “acknowledge” Him before others?
        (Part of our “duty” in life is to identify Jesus as
        the source of our spiritual power and the source of
        our salvation. We need to acknowledge what Jesus has
        done and is doing for us.)

    2. Would acknowledging Jesus involve more than our words?

      1. If you say, “yes, it involves more than words” what
        else would it involve?

      2. Would it involve not just what we say, but how we say

  2. Our Possessions

    1. Read Luke 12:15. To what degree is this statement true in
      your life?

    2. Read Luke 12:16. What was the source of the good crop?
      (The Bible points to the ground as the source, instead of
      the farmer.)

      1. What is the source of your money? To what degree is
        it “your fault” that you have money? (An interesting
        book, The Bell Curve, reveals that your job is an
        indicator of your relative intelligence. The high-income jobs generally are held by high intelligence

        1. What control do we have over our intelligence?
          (None, when it comes to inherited intelligence.
          Like this farmer in the parable, much of our
          relative wealth is not within our control.)

    3. Read Luke 12:17-19. What is wrong with this farmer’s

      1. Is it wrong to build larger barns to store the bumper

      2. Is it wrong to think of our future retirement?

      3. Is it wrong to take life easy?

      4. Is it wrong to eat, drink and be merry?

    4. Read Luke 12:20. Was this farmer foolish because he
      prepared for his future, but ended up dying that night?

      1. What is God upset about here? Or, is God just saying
        that life is unpredictable?

    5. Read Luke 12:21. What would you suggest this farmer should
      have done to be rich towards God? (The fault of this
      farmer was to think only of himself when he considered
      what to do with his possessions. This farmer’s death shows
      how useless possessions can be.)

    6. In Luke 12:22-28, Jesus teaches that God cares for us and
      so we should not worry about our future. God will take
      care of us. Read Luke 12:29-30. What does it mean to “set
      our heart” on what we will eat or drink?

    7. Read Luke 12:30-31. Are we promised to have material

      1. If so, is this just in heaven? (It seems that having
        enough on earth is also promised.)

    8. Read Luke 12:32-34. Is Jesus telling us, today, (this
      means you) that we should sell our possessions and give
      them to the poor?

      1. Would we then be poor?

      2. Read Acts 2:44-45. Is the early church following
        Jesus’ advice?

        1. Are the early Christians selling all of their

    9. Read Acts 2:46. What does this tell us about the extent to
      which they sold all of their possessions? (Their major
      possession, their home, they did not sell. It does not
      seem to me that Jesus is telling us to sell everything we
      own. He is telling us to be willing to sell our
      possessions to advance the kingdom.)

      1. The book, Word Pictures in the New Testament, points
        our attention to the future of these Christians in
        Jerusalem who lived in this communal state. Read
        Romans 15:25-26. The suggestion is that the saints in
        Jerusalem made themselves paupers for whom Paul was
        constantly asking for support from the Gentile

    10. It would be helpful to read the entire chapter of 2
      Corinthians 9. The background for this is another request
      to help the poor saints in Jerusalem. Let’s focus on 2
      Corinthians 9:6-9. What is our obligation to sell our
      possessions according to Paul? (God is not compelling us
      to sell our stuff. Paul seems to say that when our hearts
      are in tune with God’s will, we will want to give to
      advance the kingdom. The result of this attitude of giving
      will be increased blessings to us.)

    11. Paul’s letter to Timothy gives him practical advice for
      supervising the church in Ephesus. Let’s read Paul’s
      advice for the Christian’s obligations towards poor
      widows. Read 1 Timothy 5:3-4 and 1 Timothy 5:7-8. What is
      the first line of support for the elderly poor? (The
      immediate family.)

    12. Read 1 Timothy 5:9-11. What principle do we find here for
      giving our money to the poor? (Paul seems to teach that
      giving non-emergency money to the poor, simply because
      they are poor, is wrong. Instead of just handing out
      money, we need to consider the life of the person. In 1
      Timothy 5:11-15 Paul counsels us to consider the impact of
      our support on the spiritual life of the person we are

    13. Read Leviticus 19:9-10. What does this teach the owners of
      the field? (The owner of the crop is entitled to the best
      of what he has grown. However, he is not entitled to every
      last bit of it. Out of his abundance, he is to leave some
      for the poor and the alien.)

      1. Those who know something about farming, what kind of
        crop grows in the edges of the field? (In my berry-picking days as a boy, I observed that the edge of
        the field was less productive.)

        1. Is there a Biblical principle to be drawn from
          that fact?

      2. What principle does Leviticus 19:9-10 teach us about
        helping the poor? (The poor and the alien have some
        work to do. They did not work to grow or care for the
        crop, but they have to work to collect the left-overs. The owner was not told to harvest the
        remaining crop, put it in baskets, and deliver the
        baskets to the homes of the poor.)

    14. Read Leviticus 27:30. What other claim does God have on
      our possessions? (God requires a tenth of our earnings.)

      1. Read Numbers 18:21. What is the purpose of the tithe?
        (To support those who are in the ministry.)

    15. Read Deuteronomy 26:12. The tithing system in Numbers and
      Deuteronomy has some complexities which I do not presently
      understand. Several commentators suggest this is the
      “second” tithe, and not the annual tithe referred to
      above. My reason for examining this text is to determine
      what it teaches us about our relationship to the poor.
      What additional lesson do we learn here? (Recall the
      earlier point about the poor having an obligation to work
      when gleaning the farmers’ fields? Here we have an
      instruction for giving to the poor so that they have
      enough to eat.)

  3. Our Time

    1. Read Luke 12:35-37. What resource is Jesus discussing
      here? (Our time.)

    2. Read Luke 12:42-46. How does Jesus suggest we should be
      spending our time? (Productively.)

    3. Read 1 Peter 4:10-11. What resources, other than words,
      money and time do we possess? What is our obligation with
      regard to these other resources?

    4. Friend, have you made God the Lord of all of your
      resources? Will you decide to make Him Lord today?

  4. Next week: Lord of Our Body Temples.