Part six, the final chapter (for now) of Desperately Seeking.
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What do you think of Jenny?
What are some good things we can say about Jenny?
Is there anything that concerns you about Jenny?
Jenny really is interested in finding God’s best, isn’t she? She’s read the books, and she’s looking for God to give her all of the good things in life. There’s just one problem: God has already given us his best. He’s given us Jesus. Jesus came not to give us wealth and good health. He came to give us the best blessing of all: our salvation.
Too many believers are focused on what God can do for them. Not enough are concerned with what they can do to serve the Lord. Jesus died for us. He’s given far more than we could ever earn or deserve.
The Christian life isn’t about what we can get from God. It’s about how we can give back. We can never give enough to equal what Jesus has done, but we can use our time, our gifts, and the blessings God has given us to serve the Lord and serve other people.
Read Matthew 20:20-28
Why do you think James and John’s mother asked Jesus for a favor?
How did Jesus respond to her request?
Jesus said that whomever wants to be the greatest has to be the servant of all. How did Jesus live out this command?
Does anyone know how James and John ultimately lived out their lives? (James was martyred, as were nine other disciples. John was repeatedly jailed and tortured for Christ and was even dipped in boiling oil. He died of natural causes in exile.)
Why do you think people are drawn to teachers who tell them that God wants to give them riches and blessings?
Do teachings like the so-called prosperity gospel do more to help or hurt the cause of Christ?
What would you say to someone like Jenny about God’s best?
What advice would you give to someone who wanted God’s best life right now?
Forgive us for the times we treat you like a blessing machine. Help us remember all Jesus as done for us. Teach us to be servants so we can live the life you have planned for us.
In Jesus’ name,