Read Luke 12:13-34 again. Consider these three questions.
1. Wealth, possessions and “great plans” can provide the illusion of safety and security, yet it’s just that – an illusion. Make a list of 15 things you own. Why do you own those things? Do you own them to prop up ego or identity? Are they for basic survival? Is your money and/or possessions being leveraged to advance God’s Kingdom?
2. Henri Nouwen wrote a prayer for a Lent: “How can I rejoice fully in your Resurrection when I have avoided participating in your death? Yes, Lord, I have to die—with you, through you, and in you—and thus become ready to recognize you when you appear to me in your Resurrection. There is so much in me that needs to die: false attachments, greed and anger, impatience and stinginess…. I see clearly now how little I have died with you, really gone your way and been faithful to it. O Lord, make this Lenten season different from the other ones. Let me find you again.” What would it look like for you to “die” with Jesus in your relationship to your possessions, money, power or prestige?
3. Jesus follows the parable of the “Rich Fool” with an encouragement not to worry. What is your relationship with possessions/wealth and worry? What would Jesus want you to believe about his provision for you?