Luke 14:33 – “So therefore, no one can be my disciple who does not give up all his possessions.”
- What did Jesus mean?
- Are we literally called to give up all our possessions?
Set free through blessed detachment
Discipleship to Jesus requires a radical re-orientation of my attitude toward money and possessions.
- Whose money is it?
- Who really owns it?
- What is it meant to serve?
Jesus does not mean that his disciples cannot have possessions. He calls for an attitude of abandonment that moves from ownership to stewardship. A steward does not own what he has but is responsible for something or someone.
It is only in this kind of abandonment that we are liberated to truly enjoy the things in our lives. We were designed to live this way.
Our calling is to be responsible stewards viewing our wealth and possessions as things that belong to God. It’s a difference between an owner’s attitude and a steward’s attitude.
We see this in the early church
- Acts 4:32-35 – “And the congregation of those who believed were of one heart and soul; and not one of them claimed that anything belonging to him was his own; but all things were common property to them. …For there was not a needy person among them, for all who were owners of land or houses would sell them and bring the proceeds of the sales, and lay them at the apostles’ feet; and they would be distributed to each as any had need.”
- Hebrews 10:34 says of early believers, “For you … accepted joyfully the seizure of your property, knowing that you have for yourselves a better possession and an abiding one.”
- Discuss the difference between an owner’s attitude and a steward’s attitude.
- Discuss the way this is evident in your life.
- Are there evident ways that people can see that you take a steward’s approach to your money and possessions?