This is a recap of the latest sermon in our series on Jesus on Money.
Hope is an imagined future. Hope of success and riches has drawn millions of people to California in recent decades. In Mark 10:17-31, Jesus speaks to a rich young man about his hope, and teaches us about where our hope should be.
1. Hope in a Wealth-Filled Future
The rich young man is like a 1st century dotcom billionaire seeking advice from a spiritual guru. In Mark 10:17-20, Jesus tries to help the rich man see his spiritual need, and the foolishness of living for a wealth-filled future. But he is blind to it.
2. Hope in Money Is Spiritual Suicide
Rather than judge him for his foolishness, Jesus engages the rich man in Mark 10:21. He tries to help him see that hope in money is spiritual suicide. We will all die someday, and we can’t take our money with us. The rich young man has placed his eternal hope in something that will destroy him spiritually. That’s why he tells him to give it up (see also Matt. 5:29). Jesus doesn’t want your money! He wants your heart!
3. Hope in a Christ-Filled Future
When Jesus tells his disciples how hard it is for a rich man to enter then kingdom of heaven (Mark 10:25), they are suprised: “Who then can be saved?” (Mark 10:26). Jesus tells them: “With man it is impossible, but not with God. For all things are possible with God" (Mark 10:27). We all tend to hope in this world and the wealth we can attain. But Jesus tells us our hope should be in him and him alone. And if Christ is our hope, then we are free to be scandalously generous with our money.
Reflection & Application Questions
- Why does Jesus speak to the rich young man in the way that he does in Mark 10:17-19? What does the rich man? What does Jesus want him to understand?
- Why does Jesus tell him to give up his money (Mark 10:20-21)? Is this a rule for all disciples?
- Why is it so hard for the rich to enter the kingdom (Mark 10:22-27)? What hope is there?
- Your daydreams tell you where your hope is. What do you daydream about? Where is your hope? How do you think your hope needs to change in light of this story?
- Why is hope in money “spiritual suicide”? What kind of hope gives life? Why?
- Have you gone to Jesus in prayer about your perspective on money? How do you think he would tell you it needs to change? How would he call you to change your money habits?