If you are teaching this class online, ask students to have an index card and a pen or pencil ready for Step 4.
Imagine pulling up to a gate that opens up for your Rolls Royce, driven by your chauffeur. The car pulls into a driveway of a four-story mega mansion in Bel Air, California. This mansion has nine bedrooms, fifteen bathrooms, and 19,000 square feet of living space. Keep in mind that the average house in the United States has 2,687 square feet.
On the entertainment floor of the house is a complete theater, a fitness and wellness wing, and a commercial kitchen for those times when you hire a professional chef to come in and prepare the food for a party. And the setting for that party could be around the infinity pool that overlooks downtown Los Angeles. On a clear day you can see the Pacific Ocean. And you wouldn’t have to worry about the neighbors—the closest neighbor is a museum far away.
Let’s take a look at this mansion worth $56,000,00.00.
Share the following virtual tour [Start at 1:08 and stop around 4:09]:
Inside a $56 Million Bel Air Mega Mansion
- It’s clear that someone who owned this mansion would have to be very, very rich! Does anybody wish they could get their hands on just a little of that money—maybe a measly ten thousand bucks or so? What would you do with that kind of cash if you had it? (Allow students to speculate on their fantasy fortune.)
Now, there’s nothing wrong with money. Jesus talked quite a bit about how God knows that we need things like food and clothes. But when we put stuff ahead of God, we’re prioritizing things that we can’t keep over the one thing we can’t lose.
Let’s check out the Bible’s teachings about keeping God first, and stuff—that we can’t keep anyway—a distant second.