One of my favorite biblical passages is the story of the Prodigal Son. We all know the outcome; the son who had become “lost” returns back home to the open arms of his heart-broken father. The father runs across the field when he sees him coming from a distance. They kill the fattened calf and celebrate the son’s return.
Most look at the story from the eyes of the father or from the “other” son….drawing some conclusions about forgiveness. But is it not also a story about what happened in the first place to put the prodigal son into such a bad spot? Both sons were given a share of their father’s inheritance, leading one son to invest it wisely while the other put it all to bad use, instead choosing to live in the moment.
The situation about the best and worse use of money is also the focus for this week’s lesson: Chapter 4: Money Guilt or Money Greed? It has often been said that if you want to know the true measure of someone’s heart, then look no further than where they are spending their money. The book of Luke says:
“For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.” Luke 12:34
It’s a tough call, however. Jesus lived a life of poverty so that we might be right. Does our heavenly Father want us also to be “poor”….or, like many of us, does He not want the very best for His children?
Join us this week as we unpack those answers and more….with a lesson on “money”.
Mike is back this week to lead us in Chapter 4 from “Jesus Outside the Lines”. Gather at 7:30 am at the Cornwell Center. Fellowship begins at 7:45 am..