Kind Father, this week we recall the lives of loved ones who now abide in your eternal rest.
Recalling their lives, we are reminded of the grace and generosity that they imparted to us.
Like Barnabas, they shared their treasure as a way of love to us and to You.
Kindle in us, with their example, a generous heart that invests in your kingdom.
Free us from a stingy heart, that our love may be active, to You and to others.
“Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.”
Questions for Group Discussion
Ice Breaker: Name a possession of yours that you really hate sharing with other people.
• Which treasures, if you truly placed all that you own in God’s hands, would He give back to you? Which would He withhold because they possess your heart?
• How well do you understand the extent to which God cares about your finances and the way you steward your resources for God’s glory? How does our handling of our finances reflect the state of our heart?
• Reflect on the past six months’ financial activities. Are there things you need to change to bring your treasure and your heart more into alignment with God’s purposes?
• What new practices—including your practice of spending, saving and tithing—could help you bring greater vitality to your spiritual health?
Application: Generosity Sunday is two weeks away, a time when Schweitzer asks members to create their action plan of giving for the coming year. So, take time to reflect if it’s time to move beyond spontaneous giving to planned giving or from planned giving to a tithe (10%). Consistent giving and giving out of unexpected and enlarged resources are important both to the giver and to God’s ministries.