Giving is Good (Cornerstone)
Oct 15, 2017 - Rev. Matt Miofsky
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- If you didn’t know “the right answer,” what would be your honest answer to this question: “Why have you been blessed?” (hint: look at your bank statement.)
- What makes it difficult for you to be generous?
- What opportunities are in front of you today to practice generosity?
When is the last time you stopped to ask, “Why?”
Sometimes, we get so caught up in what we’re doing [earning, making, caring for, going, buying, etc.] that we forget why we’re doing it.
Early in Scripture, God calls out Abraham. He blesses him. And in his blessing, he tells him his why:
The Lord said to Abram, “Leave your land, your family, and your father’s household for the land that I will show you. I will make of you a great nation and will bless you. I will make your name respected, and you will be a blessing. -- Genesis 12:1-2
God blesses Abraham so that he will be a blessing. And that’s what he does with us.
We are blessed so we can be a blessing.
Neuroscience, Psychology and Social Science all back this up: we are hard wired to give. Giving is good. Here’s the Cliff’s Notes version why. (Listen to the message--it’s a really good one--for all the juicy details!)
- Giving makes us happy.
- Giving frees us up.
- Giving leads to impact.
The bottom line is this: You don’t want to get to the end of your life and have wasted the opportunity God placed before you! What has God blessed you with? How are you using it to bless others?
During your First 15, spend time reading Luke 18:18-30. What details stand out to you in the passage? Why do you think Jesus might have answered this man in this way? What do you think of the man’s response? Is there anything Jesus might be calling you to give or give up in order to follow him more completely?