This past weekend at Eastbrook, we concluded our preaching series entitled “Jesus Said What?!” by turning to another important topic: wealth. I led us through an exploration of four passages on this topic: Matthew 17:24-27; 19:16-30; 20:1-16; 22:15-22. In the end, I called us to live open-handed before God through a series of prayers included in the outline.
This message is from the eighth part of our longer journey through the Gospel of Matthew, which includes “Family Tree,” “Power in Preparation,” “Becoming Real,” “The Messiah’s Mission,” “Stories of the Kingdom,” “Who Do You Say I Am?“, and “‘Tis the Reason.”
“For the kingdom of heaven is like a landowner who went out early in the morning to hire workers for his vineyard.” (Matthew 20:1)
Two Taxes (Matthew 17:24-27; 22:15-22)
The Temple Tax (17:24-27)
The Poll Tax (22:15-22)
Lord, we open our hands before You to use our money for the good of Your kingdom and responsibly on earth.
The Upstanding, Rich, Young Man (Matthew 19:16-30)
An honest question, a spiritual hunger, and a sad departure (19:16-22)
Jesus’ general statement on wealth (19:23-24)
The shock of the disciples and the promise of Jesus (19:25-30)
Lord, we open our hands before You that You would set us free from idolatry of money.
A Story about God’s Generous Kingdom (Matthew 20:1-16)
A parable about the kingdom of heaven (20:1-12)
The unfair, but lavish generosity of God’s kingdom (20:13-16)
Lord, we open our hands before You that You would generously fill us and send us out with Your generosity.
Living Open-Handed with Jesus
Using our money for the good of God’s kingdom and responsibly on earth
Set free from the idolatry of moneyFilled up with God’s generosity and sent out with God’s generosity
This week dig deeper in one or more of the following ways:
- Memorize Matthew 19:21 or 20:16
- Select one of the segments of Scripture we explored this week for further study and reflection. As you take time alone with God, ponder what God is telling you about Him, about you, and about your discipleship. As God prompts you, respond in tangible action.
- If you haven’t already, make a budget of your income and spending. Consider how your budget reflects or prioritizes God’s kingdom. Ask God to help you wisely steward your resources.