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For study and reflection, personally or with family, friends, or your small group:
To help get you started, talk a little about the things you have invested in. Maybe it’s finance-related, maybe its a sport or a hobby, your job, an education, a friendship, relationship or your family. How have you invested in those things? What have you given up to make them happen? Why have you invested in these things? What about them makes them valuable?
Read Isaiah 55. How do you see the concept of investment in this text? While the words kingdom and master are not used, how do we see these themes here? How do we see the concept ofauthority?
Sometimes, God’s Kingdom is referred to as “the upside-down kingdom.” Read through Matthew 5-7. What about God’s Kingdom seems “upside-down”? Compare and contrast the values of our “kingdom” (world) with the values Jesus is communicating. What really matters to Jesus? Why? What are the things Jesus feels are worthy of “investing” in?
Read Matthew 6:1-18. Talk about the way the word “reward” is used. How are people “rewarded” for their deeds in our world? How are God’s rewards similar/different to the way the world rewards people?
Read Matthew 6:19-24. What does Jesus mean by “store your treasures in heaven”? Practically, what does this look like for you?
Read Matthew 16:21-28. Talk about the role of authority. When, especially as it relates to money and finances, are you likely to think of yourself as the authority in your life? How might you involve Jesus more as the authority over every area in your life, especially your finances?
Now that you’ve heard what you’ve heard, what is your next step for God?
Did something God told you through this study unearth a commitment you need to make and be held accountable to?