Luke 12

With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility

Intro

You Must Be Ready

41 Peter said, “Lord, are you telling this parable for us or for all?” 42 And the Lord said, “Who then is the faithful and wise manager, whom his master will set over his household, to give them their portion of food at the proper time? 43 Blessed is that servant whom his master will find so doing when he comes. 44 Truly, I say to you, he will set him over all his possessions. 45 But if that servant says to himself, ‘My master is delayed in coming,’ and begins to beat the male and female servants, and to eat and drink and get drunk, 46 the master of that servant will come on a day when he does not expect him and at an hour he does not know, and will cut him in pieces and put him with the unfaithful. 47 And that servant who knew his master’s will but did not get ready or act according to his will, will receive a severe beating. 48 But the one who did not know, and did what deserved a beating, will receive a light beating. Everyone to whom much was given, of him much will be required, and from him to whom they entrusted much, they will demand the more. (Lk 12:41–48)


Illustration

In Prince Caspian from C.S. Lewis’s The Chronicles of Narnia, Aslan, the great lion and ruler of Narnia, reveals himself to his people and rewards the faithful and wounded mouse, Reepicheep, for his love and service to his people. In this clip Aslan also shows himself fierce to Trumpkin, a red dwarf who doubted his return.


Mind

  • According to Jesus, what does it look like to be a faithful servant? What must you be doing?


  • What is the true food that all people need? Do you intentionally plan to see that the people around you are fed and taken care of?


Motive

  • What are the differences in motivation between the faithful and the unfaithful servants?

“ 43 Blessed is that servant whom his master will find so doing when he comes. 44 Truly, I say to you, he will set him over all his possessions. 45 But if that servant says to himself, ‘My master is delayed in coming,’ and begins to beat the male and female servants, and to eat and drink and get drunk, 46 the master of that servant will come on a day when he does not expect him and at an hour he does not know, and will cut him in pieces and put him with the unfaithful (Luke 12:43-46)


Memory Verse

“Everyone to whom much was given, of him much will be required, and from him to whom they entrusted much, they will demand the more. (Lk 12:48)


Mission

Check out what Colossians 3 says about faithful service.

12 Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, 13 bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. 14 And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. 15 And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful. 16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God. 17 And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him. (Col 3:12–17)


Worship


Prayer

Ask God to help you see your responsibilities in a new way today. Ask for endurance to remain faithful, even when waiting seems hard and long. Ask God to help you love your neighbor.


Further Study

You Must Be Ready

Intro

You Must Be Ready

35 “Stay dressed for action and keep your lamps burning, 36 and be like men who are waiting for their master to come home from the wedding feast, so that they may open the door to him at once when he comes and knocks. 37 Blessed are those servants whom the master finds awake when he comes. Truly, I say to you, he will dress himself for service and have them recline at table, and he will come and serve them. 38 If he comes in the second watch, or in the third, and finds them awake, blessed are those servants! 39 But know this, that if the master of the house had known at what hour the thief was coming, he would not have left his house to be broken into. 40 You also must be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect.” (Lk 12:35–40)


Illustration


Mind

  • What would it look like for you to stay dressed for action and keep your lamps burning?



  • What changes will you commit to today in order to stay prepared?


Motive

  • Why is it that Christians should be willing to serve faithfully? Look at the verses below and discuss.

“ 37 Blessed are those servants whom the master finds awake when he comes. Truly, I say to you, he will dress himself for service and have them recline at table, and he will come and serve them. 38 If he comes in the second watch, or in the third, and finds them awake, blessed are those servants!” (Lk. 12:37-38)


Memory Verse

35 “Stay dressed for action and keep your lamps burning, 36 and be like men who are waiting for their master to come home from the wedding feast, so that they may open the door to him at once when he comes and knocks.” (Lk. 12:35-36)



Mission

Check out what Ephesians 6 says about stayed ready. Look carefully at what it means to stay prepared and pray that God would equip you in these ways to remain faithful.

14 Stand therefore, having fastened on the belt of truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, 15 and, as shoes for your feet, having put on the readiness given by the gospel of peace. 16 In all circumstances take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one; 17 and take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God, 18 praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end, keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints, 19 and also for me, that words may be given to me in opening my mouth boldly to proclaim the mystery of the gospel, 20 for which I am an ambassador in chains, that I may declare it boldly, as I ought to speak. Eph 6:14–20.


Worship


Prayer

Pray for joy in your endurance.


The Rich Fool 1 - Luke 12:13-21

Intro

The Parable of the Rich Fool

13 Someone in the crowd said to him, “Teacher, tell my brother to divide the inheritance with me.” 14 But he said to him, “Man, who made me a judge or arbitrator over you?” 15 And he said to them, “Take care, and be on your guard against all covetousness, for one’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions.” 16 And he told them a parable, saying, “The land of a rich man produced plentifully, 17 and he thought to himself, ‘What shall I do, for I have nowhere to store my crops?’ 18 And he said, ‘I will do this: I will tear down my barns and build larger ones, and there I will store all my grain and my goods. 19 And I will say to my soul, “Soul, you have ample goods laid up for many years; relax, eat, drink, be merry.” ’ 20 But God said to him, ‘Fool! This night your soul is required of you, and the things you have prepared, whose will they be?’ 21 So is the one who lays up treasure for himself and is not rich toward God.” (Luke 12:13-21)

Illustration

Mind

  1. What is the parable about?

    15 And he said to them, “Take care, and be on your guard against all covetousness, for one’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions.”

  2. What is our life about? Have you ever thought about why you exist and what it is you are supposed to do today? What is it?


Motive

  1. Is Jesus saying that wealth is bad, or is he saying something else?

    19 And I will say to my soul, “Soul, you have ample goods laid up for many years; relax, eat, drink, be merry.” ’ 20 But God said to him, ‘Fool! This night your soul is required of you, and the things you have prepared, whose will they be?’ 21 So is the one who lays up treasure for himself and is not rich toward God.”

  2. What did the man in the parable do with all of his wealth? Why was he a fool?

“If money be not thy servant, it will be thy master. The covetous man cannot so properly be said to possess wealth, as that may be said to possess him.” – Bacon

“After hypocrites, the greatest dupes [fools] the devil has are those who exhaust an anxious existence in the disappointments and vexations of business, and live miserablty and meanly only to die magnificently and rich. They serve the devil without receiving his wages, and for the empty foolery of dying rich, pay down their health, happiness, and integrity.” – Colton.

“He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain that which he cannot lose.” – Jim Elliot

But godliness with contentment is great gain, for we brought nothing into the world, and we cannot take anything out of the world. But if we have food and clothing, with these we will be content. But those who desire to be rich fall into temptation, into a snare, into many senseless and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction. 10 For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evils. It is through this craving that some have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many pangs. 1 Timothy 6:6-10

Mission

Do you have a lot of treasure stored up in barns while others around you are in need? Consider giving something away this week. It might hurt, but pay attention to why it hurts. Are you putting too much love and trust in your time or treasure? Pick a way to give yourself generously and sacrificially this week.

Prayer

Ask God to forgive you if you have been trusting in yourself or worshiping stuff [idols]. Ask him to help you be rich in him above earthly riches.

Further Study