Aim

And I tell you, make friends for yourselves by means of unrighteous wealth, so that when it fails they may receive you into the eternal dwellings. Luke 16:9

To be challenged to leverage our assets for God knowing that in so doing we will find true joy.

Discussion Questions

Slate Magazine reports:

According to the Self Storage Association, a trade group charged with monitoring such things, the country now possesses some 1.875 billion square feet of personal storage. All this space is contained in nearly 40,000 facilities owned and operated by more than 2,000 entrepreneurs, including a handful of publicly traded giants like Public Storage, Storage USA, and Shurgard.

When you were growing up do you remember seeing storage locker centers? What does the growth of storage facilities tell us about ourselves?

Given that it is so obvious that we don’t take any wealth with us, why are we so tempted to accumulate wealth? Is everyone tempted to accumulate wealth, tempted for the same reason(s)?

Consider these sobering quotes from John Ortberg's talk:

Between "more" and "enough" is a chasm that will never be bridged.

Marilyn Monroe died alone. Would it have been enough to star in one more movie?

Jesus says, “You can walk down that road called 'more' as far as you want to walk it. Just know that people way smarter, stronger walked much further and found that it was a cul-de-sac. It doesn’t lead to enough. It just leads to the junkyard."

Yet -- we need to be careful with this emphasis on the temporary nature of stuff. What would you say to someone who said the serious Christian should give away everything and live as a monk? How does Luke 16:8-9 help us dream about using our assets?

Jim Elliot was a missionary martyred by the Auca Tribe in Ecuador at the age of 29. Eliot famously wrote in his journal, “He is no fool which gives up what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose.” You can see a picture of Elliot’s journal below. Eliot’s journal entry shows that the passage he had in mind when he wrote those words was the parable of the shrewd manager in Luke 16. 

An image of Jim Elliot's journal inclu  ding a reference to Luke 16:9

An image of Jim Elliot's journal including a reference to Luke 16:9

Is it possible that we could receive a special welcome into heaven by people we barely know? How so?

Can you think of a time when someone used a material possession to encourage you? What did that look like?

Does anyone in your forum right now have a dream about leveraging assets for eternity that they would be willing to share with your group?

Don't forget to pray for creativity and strength to multiply what God has entrusted to you!

Follow-Up

Prayerfully evaluate the use of your assets. Does the use of your time, talents, and treasure indicate that you are storing up treasure in heaven?

Identify an asset you have that could be strategically leveraged. Could you take a step this week to use that asset for the purpose of storing up treasure in heaven?