Generosity: Giving Without Getting in the Kingdom of God
- Read Luke 14:12-14. In your own words, what is the purpose of giving to others? What is the difference between blessing those that can bless you in return and those who cannot?
- What are some more modern examples of ways or events we use that serve to bless the people we are close to (e.g. parties, dinners, volunteer work), and in what ways do we expect to be blessed in return? You may not expect someone to feed you because you feed them, but do you expect them to act a specific way in response to your generosity?
- Read Proverbs 11:24-25 and 19:17. Who stands to gain the most from selfless giving? What makes it hard to trust in scriptures like these and give without expecting anything in return?
- Read Matthew 6:19-21. How much of your week do you typically spend storing up the things you need here on this earth? Compare that to how much time you give to eternal matters. Does the balance seem right to you? How would you advise anyone that wanted to spend more of their time building up heavenly treasures?