Passage: Proverbs 10:22; 18:11; 30:7-9; 11:24-25
The world of the generous gets larger and larger; the world of the stingy gets smaller and smaller. The one who blesses others is abundantly blessed; those who help others are helped. – Proverbs 11:24-25, The Message
What has most shaped your attitude toward money? (Other option: what do you enjoy spending money on or what is easy for you to spend money on?)
Read Proverbs 10:22. We are made in the image of God who is the original Creator. In what ways does your work reflect aspects of God’s character? As you reflect on what you do with your time and attention in this season, why do you do what you do?
Read Proverbs 18:11. In what ways are you prone to trust in money (for your security, future, comfort, fun, identity, etc.)?
Read Proverbs 30:7-9. This is a prayer of dependence on God. Martin Luther, a German Reformer wrote about Christians needing three conversions: 1) the mind to gospel truth; 2) the heart to embrace Jesus as Lord and Savior; and 3) the wallet to lay our money at Christ’s feet. What has been your experience of a conversion of your wallet?
Read Proverbs 11:24-25 and 2 Corinthians 8:9. Jesus was scattered, giving himself freely for us, so that we could be gathered as his chosen, holy, dearly loved people. How does this truth lead you to ask, “how much can I give?” What practical ways can you practice generosity in your current budget?
Spend time praying for your perspective and use of money: for fellowship with the risen Jesus, spiritual renewal and refreshment, for thankful hearts, for wisdom, faithfulness, and a commitment to do justice and show mercy.
Share with your group how they can be praying for you: what is weighing on you from this past week? What are you praising God for from this past week?
“Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” – Matthew 11:29-30