Life or Something like it?
Bible Study: Luke 12: 13 – 21
Someone in the crowd said to him, “Teacher, tell my brother to divide the inheritance with me.” Jesus replied, “Man, who appointed me a judge or an arbiter between you?” Then he said to them, “Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; a man’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions.” 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 I will 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?’ “This is how it will be with anyone who stores up things for himself but is not rich toward God.” – LUKE 12: 13 – 21
Questions for discussion
#1. What is this passage about?
What do we know about the rich man?
Using your imagination re- tell the parable in your context/s or you may draw comparisons with the corporate world.
Do you see anything wrong about this man? Why? What do people ‘accumulate’ today? Why do people accumulate for ‘ themselves ’? Was his problem ‘ selfish accumulation of wealth ’ or ‘forgetting God’? Is there any link between (a) ‘ growing in affluence ’ and ‘ becoming selfish’ (b) ‘growing selfish’ and ‘forgetting God’? Discuss.
What was the rich man’s philosophy of life? Identify other alternative philosophies of life in your context/s. What do you think of these?
“ Religion is a state of being grasped by an ultimate concern, a concern which qualifies all other concerns as preliminary and which itself contains the answer to question of meaning of our life. Therefore, this concern is unconditionally serious and shows a willingness to sacrifice any finite concern, which is in conflict with it. ” – Paul Tillich.
Would you consider this man religious? Why not?
Why does this rich man seem a fool in God’s eyes?
A man’s life does not consist in the abundance of possessions! Comment.
Is God against multiplying money, successful careers and booming profits?
Suggest what the rich man can do with the surplus?
The rich man was ambitious. What did he go after?
What did it cost him?
Was he able to fit his ambitions into his life?
What was his reward?
What are the temptations to, ‘accumulate’, ‘acquire’ and ‘attain’ in the corporate world/ business environment?
How do you understand ‘growing rich towards God’? As a student (2B professional / businessman/ entrepreneur), how do we grow rich towards God?
Would we then lose out on life?
What is God telling you today? What are your plans to grow rich towards God?