Read Matthew 19:23-30 together.
Over this past week, we’ve been studying Matthew 19 as it relates to the theme of Sacrifice. Here’s a run-down of this week’s posts:
To end this week’s post-series, I leave you with 10 study questions to tackle personally or with in a small group study. Enjoy!
Is Sacrifice possible for us?
We began this week highlighting the concept of First World Problems. But what does sacrifice look like in the first world? What does sacrifice look like for me, living in Canada in the year 2015?
The reality is that we live in an amazing place and because of that, we have a number of options. Therefore, perhaps we have options for sacrifice as well?
“…for my sake…” (19:29)
In verse 29 of Matthew 19, Jesus begins to wrap up an entire discussion on sacrifice. He issues a statement that can be taken as truth for any follower of Jesus.
“…everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or wife or children or fields for my sake will receive a hundred times as much and will inherit eternal life.” (19:29)
“…all things are possible.” (19:26)
This week, we’ve been exploring Matthew 19 in references to riches and sacrifice. Yesterday, we left the disciples in shock, begging the question, “Who then can be saved?” (19:25)
As is always the case, just when the disciples are in total bewilderment, we see Jesus’ effective ability to teach, widening their perspective. “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” (19:26)
“…someone who is rich…” (19:23)
In Matthew 19, we read that Jesus and His disciples were in the region of Judea. While there, a wealthy young man brought an opportunity for Jesus to teach His disciples (and us) some valuable lessons on riches and sacrifice.
Jesus says to his disciples, “…it is hard for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of heaven.” (19:23) The obvious question is why is it so hard?
Are these really problems?
According to Google, the First World can be defined as “the industrialized capitalist countries of western Europe, North America, Japan, Australia, and New Zealand.”
Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary gives a few definitions:
- “the highly developed industrialized nations often considered the westernized countries of the world,”
- “the countries of the world that have many industries and relatively few poor people,”
- “the rich nations of the world.”
Relationship has been our focus.
Over the past 7 days, we’ve unpacked Matthew 18 as it relates to relationships. Here’s a quick run-through of this week’s posts: