Stewarding the Miracle of Treasure Part 2
“Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.” 2 Corinthians 9:7 (NIV)
DON’T GO GROCERY SHOPPING WHEN YOU ARE HUNGRY (SACRIFICE).
“Through Jesus, therefore, let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise—the fruit of lips that openly profess his name. And do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased.” Romans 13:15,16 (NIV)
YOU CAN GIVE WITHOUT LOVING. BUT YOU CANNOT LOVE WITHOUT GIVING (GENEROSITY).
The wicked borrow and do not repay, but the righteous give generously; Psalms 37:21 (NIV)
KNOW THE WORTH OF THE TREASURE (VALUE).
“But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Do not fear therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows.” Matthew 10:30,31 (NKJV)
INVEST IN YOURSELF. YOU ARE THE MOUNT THAT HOLDS THE TREASURE (INVESTMENT).
“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” Matthew 6:19-21 (NIV)
Small Group Questions!
What recent item(s) have you purchased on impulse? Could you have gone without it?
What blessings has God released upon your life when you have shown generosity towards others or the tithe?
God considers all of us valuable sons and daughters. How have you invested in yourself?
If you currently have debt, do you have a financial plan to get out of debt?