The Money Pit
Faking It | Sunday, November 24
When you have a grateful and content attitude toward God and His blessings, you’re able to give how you live.
$1,000 just appeared in your wallet. You know that you could use it—but how would you give or spend it to care for someone else? Who would that person be?
Have someone read 1 Timothy 6:6-10. How have you seen the desire for money be the cause of different kinds of evil?
If we came into the world with nothing, and pass on with nothing, how does that offer new perspective on our resources and possessions today?
What would contentment look like in various areas of your life—relationships, faith, finances, work, etc.? What would you need to add to your life to have that contentment?
With Philippians 4:19 in mind, discuss times when you’ve felt truly content in the past year. What was going on? How did feeling content impact your attitude and relationships?
GRATITUDE MEETS GENEROSITY
Have someone read 1 Timothy 6:17-19. The holidays tend to be a time for generosity, but also for spending (Black Friday, Cyber Monday). Where does your money tend to go? How can you become “rich in good deeds” in this busy, often-expensive time of year?
What role, if any, can generosity have in finding contentment?
Matthew 6:24 speaks to the link between money and character. How have you seen money (or lack of it) bring out someone’s true self?
Paul tells us that God loves a cheerful giver (2 Corinthians 9:7). Which expenses or attitudes prevent you from giving cheerfully? How has money influenced your decisions?
How can you trust God more to provide for your needs with abundance and grace? What must change for your giving to reflect this trust?
In the next week, identify a way to be generous as a part of worship. In prayer, ask God to grow generosity in your heart and mind. He may lead you to actions like starting/increasing your tithe, supporting a charitable cause, cutting back on excess spending, etc. Trust that God will provide for you, while giving you practical, sustainable steps to give how you live.
Lord God, you give us what we need in all seasons. It may not be what we expect, or be as much as we want, but you care for us as a Father. Please show us what it means to be content with what you’ve entrusted us with. Knowing that we have enough helps us be generous. If we can lead each other to the contentment you give, then we’ll build a treasure no wallet can hold. In Jesus’ name, Amen!