Return: This is not my Home
THIS IS NOT MY HOME
Our citizenship is not of this world, and the Year of Jubilee reminded the Jew of this important fact. Every 50 years all the land went back to the original owner. Even though this practice was not followed by the average Jew, it teaches us some very important principles about our purpose while we live on this earth.
- We are managers of all that is under our care not owners.
- We are citizens of heaven living on the earth.
- Jesus will return and establish his Kingdom on the earth.
- God will reward faithfulness.
1. We have all heard the statement, “Be in the world, but not of the world”. This can be a very difficult thing to live out on a daily basis. What are some practical ways that you have tried to put this phrase into practice in your life? How have you struggled to accomplish this task?
2. Read Matthew 25:14-30. Answer the following questions: Who is the master in the story? Who are the servants? What does a talent represent? How does this parable apply to being a good steward of the things entrusted to our care? Share some examples of how this parable can apply in our modern context.
3. Read I Peter 2:11-17. Discuss as a group what it means to be an alien and stranger in this world. How do the world’s priorities differ from God’s priorities? How do the world’s values differ from God’s values? Based on the passage, how can the way we live our lives be an example to unbelievers?
Applying the Word to Life
4. As a citizen of heaven, how can I best live out my loyalty to God while living on this earth? What is my responsibility to the government and civil authority?
5. In what areas do you need to find a new beginning by giving up your hold on this earth?