Come Out Of The Stuff
Matthew 13:22; Luke 8:43-47; Luke 19:1-9; Luke 2:4-7; 1 Samuel 10:22.
Throughout the Bible, Jesus had to make room for miracles. Crowds pressed Him everywhere He went. But the people who cared more about Jesus than they cared about the crowds found their miracle. What do you need from Jesus today? Is your life so overcrowded with the cares of this world that there’s no room for Him to work? It’s time for a spiritual housecleaning to make sure there’s room for your miracle…
- The cares of the world and the deceitfulness of wealth can crowd out and choke the Word of God.
- Many miracles in the Bible occurred only after someone pushed through the crowds and the stuff and made room for Jesus.
- One of Satan’s tactics is to fill our lives with prosperity and cause us to think more about our possessions and our stuff than about God.
- God must be our highest priority.
- When we focus on our stuff, we lose out with God. But when we focus on God and come out of the stuff, He adds everything else we need.
- In Matthew 13:7, what happened to the seeds that fell among the thorns? What is the meaning of that illustration?
- What do you think is meant by, “the cares of this world and the deceit of riches?” Where do you see this issue in your own life?
- Do you feel your life is too busy? What can you do to make more time for God?
- Why do you think so many people turn away from God when they become prosperous financially?
- What are some signs that someone’s possessions have become too important to them?
The biggest part of an iceberg isn’t visible above the water. The biggest part of an iceberg is what is below the water—the part that’s unseen. That needs to be true in our lives as well. The Jesus inside you needs to be bigger than what people see on the outside. Jesus needs to be more important than possessions or achievements. It’s not wrong to be successful or wealthy, but it’s dangerously foolish to allow your success to be more important to you than your relationship with God.