Questions for further study:
1. Read the key passage from this teaching, Luke 12:13-21. What did Jesus mean by “every form” of greed? What different forms are there? Why is greed so difficult to detect in us?
2. Continue on and read Luke 12:22-34. Why does Jesus talk about worry right after the teaching on greed? How are the concepts of worry and greed related?
3. The Bible has a lot to say about greed. Look at Psalms 119:36, Proverbs 28:22, Isaiah 57:17, Ezekiel 33:31, Luke 11:39 and 1 Corinthians 5:10 to name a few. If the warnings against greed are so strong, why do so many Christians find greed difficult to talk about and confess? How about you?
4. True disciples of Christ are motivated by love, not selfish gain. Look at 1 Peter 5:2. What heart condition does Peter contrast with greed? What motivates you to obey God?
5. Study 2 Corinthians 8:9. Why did Jesus (the King of Kings and owner of everything in the universe) become poor? Jesus tells us the kind of riches we should be concerned about in Matthew 6:20.