Text: Luke 14:25-33
“So therefore, none of you can become my disciple if you do not give up all your possessions.”
Luke Timothy Johnson observes that “Luke uses a character’s disposition of possessions as a character indicator” (Prophetic Jesus, Prophetic Church, see BibleWorkbench, issue 20.3, April 21, 2013).
In Luke we read “one’s life does not consist in the abundance of possessions” (12:15), “Sell your possessions and give alms” (12:33), “none of you can become my disciple if you do not give up all your possessions.” (14:33), and Zacchaeus, in making amends, declares “Look, half of my possessions, Lord, I will give to the poor; and if I have defrauded anyone of anything, I will pay back four times as much” (19:8).
What relationship do you see between a person’s possessions and their character? What attitude toward possessions do you see evidenced in the lives of people around you, at work, or church, or home? What attitudes toward possessions are taught by advertisements on TV or in the newspapers or magazines? By politicians and opinion makers? What might Luke have to say about American character at the beginning of the 21st century?
“Between the Lines” is excerpted from BibleWorkbench, a weekly resource for engaging the biblical story in a new way published by the Educational Center in Charlotte, NC. For details and subscription information, see About BibleWorkbench.