Inside Out - Give Out

Matthew 6:24-34

We are currently exploring practical, biblical examples of our church’s mission: taking the life-changing reality of Jesus to our neighborhoods, our cities, and our world. Specifically, we’re focusing on eight verbs vital for anyone passionately living to reach others for Christ.

Every person who believes in Jesus and follows Jesus has the tremendous potential of living out what has been changed on the inside. This “inside out” living doesn’t happen automatically, however- it happens intentionally. One of the most fundamental ways we can intentionally live out our faith is by unleashing generosity- to give out.

It’s really easy to lean heavily on our finances and wealth- for our hope to migrate to our things instead of our Savior. In Matthew 6 Jesus postulates that the primary reason we worry is because we have placed our trust in riches, not in the One who richly provides. Instead, we should choose to be grateful, leaning on the One who gave us all that we need.

Generosity isn't about expecting anything in return. It’s about trying in some small way to reflect what God has done for us. Gratitude like this goes hand in hand with generosity, allowing us to have peace in our heart as well as money in the bank.

Let’s decide ahead of time to do more and give more. If God has blessed you with more than you need, it is so that you can share your abundance with those in need. Can you imagine what would happen if everyone did this?

Conversation points:

  • Why do you think people struggle with being generous? Why do people hesitate to give to those in need even though they often have more than they need?
  • How might something as simple as generosity to others change people’s perception of Christians and the church?
  • What is one thing you can do this week to begin to put your hope in God instead of your stuff? How might you more consistently live under the reality that everything you have belongs to him?