Questions to Guide You:
- Jim Elliot, a martyred missionary, said (probably paraphrasing Matthew Henry), “He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain that which he cannot lose.”
- How would you describe the business decisions in Matt 13? Are they wise, foolish, rash, sacrificial?
- How would you compare what is given to what is received in each instance?
- In Phil 3:7-9, what is the Apostle Paul willing to trade for the sake of knowing Jesus? What are you willing to trade? Does Paul think of these as “sacrifices”?
- 1 Cor 11&12, detail all that Paul gave to treasure Jesus, concluding with 1 Cor 12:10. How is he able to treasure Jesus and the chance to share Jesus more than resent his “sacrifices”?
- Four times in the Old Testament, every time God gives the commands, he tells Israel, “you are my treasure.” How would we live if we understand that God treasures us and made that the foundation of our lives? How would it change us if we understood, God’s decision was not based on our awesomeness, but was in spite of our betrayal, and based on his unearned grace?
- Pray that Job 23:12 and Prov 2:4 become completely true for you and those you love.
- What did Moses sacrifice to be faithful? Why did he sacrifice it?
- What do you need to trade to treasure Jesus more? What things do you love or pursue or ponder more than Jesus?
- What does Jesus’ love on the cross tell you about his Treasure? A modern hymn says it this way, “How deep the Father’s love for us, How vast beyond all measure, That He should give His only Son To make a wretch His treasure.” If our value was in that instead of peer approval, work promotions, beauty standards, and Pinterest-pins, how would we change?
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