Scripture: Mathew 13: 44-46
44 “The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which someone found and hid; then in his joy he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field. 45 “Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant in search of fine pearls; 46 on finding one pearl of great value, he went and sold all that he had and bought it.
Utilizing the passage above, the video, and today’s sermon, consider the following questions:
- How does “not being a part of this world” give us power to find a worth that is deep and unmoved by what is around us?
- Our culture and human nature push us to look for worth from external sources. Looking back from childhood and adolescence, where was it tempting to look for your sense of worth?
- What dangerous pathways develop when we seek our worth from the following sources?
- Comparison to others
- Opinions of peers
- Attention from potential romantic partners
- Financial status, homes, vacation properties, and vehicle
- Our age (not old enough, not young enough)
- How can failure help our self worth? How has failure and subsequent success led to you becoming a much stronger person?
- Reflect on the following statement: “It is far too easy to get caught up in the rat race of chasing money, status, and popularity when those things are highly valued by the culture in general. Instead we should focus more on what God tells us is valuable; things like love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.” How is it possible to shift life from the physical pearls of life, to the spiritual pearls that have ultimate value.
- What voices in your mind continually tell you that you are not good enough and not competent? What people from the past might you be hearing? What imitations of God might be masquerading as the truth?
- “Our self-worth should always ground in the sure and certain knowledge that we are each a unique son or daughter of God and God will never abandon us. Our worth as human beings is incalculable. “ How is this different from our world’s criterion for value?