Made for More


Part 3

Read Luke 16:19-31 In the ministry of Jesus there is a great reversal taking place in the world. The first are becoming last and the last are becoming first. The proud are being brought low and the humble are being exalted.

Q1: Does knowing this cause you to look differently at how the world’s system determines success and importance?

The danger of riches is constantly emphasized in Luke, for the love of riches chokes out the seed of the gospel and keeps it from becoming fruitful. This danger is so great that Jesus often warns his readers not to set their hearts upon riches and to give generously to the poor. The woes pronounced upon haughty rich people stand in sharp contrast to the blessings pronounced upon the humble poor.

Q2: What person or place do you think Jesus would go to and minister today if he were alive on the earth?

Jesus addresses the abusive use of riches with this additional dramatic parable contrasting the excesses of the rich man and the destitute condition of Lazarus.

Q3: Does the American dream line up to this teaching by Jesus?

Q4: How should we view money and possessions in light of this parable?

Q5: Who are the poor and needy in our community, country, and world today?

Q6: What should we do in response to the poor and needy that are living around us?

Though Lazarus would have eaten even what fell from the rich man’s table, there is no indication that the rich man gave him anything.

Q7: What are ways you can be generous with what God has entrusted to you?

What we learn about heaven and hell from this parable.
The poor man was carried to Abraham’s side, which means he was welcomed into the fellowship of other believers already in heaven. Particularly Abraham, the father of the Jewish people. But the rich man went to Hades (the place of the wicked, the dead, or “hell”), a place of torment. The unbelieving dead seem to have some awareness of the blessedness of believers in heaven. Both believers and unbelievers have a conscious awareness of their eternal status and enter at once into either suffering or blessing. A great chasm has been fixed by God between heaven and hell so that the fate of the dead is irreversible.

Q8: Knowing this, how does it impact your sense of urgency to tell others about Jesus?

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