The Generous Life - June 23, 2019

The Generous Life

Week 8: Psalm 37

Jesus said, “It is more blessed to give than to receive” (Acts 20:35). The generous life is one that puts this truth into practice in every way. God created you and keeps you for a purpose. If you are still breathing, then you have value to add and a mission to live out. And living the generous life multiplies your mission effectiveness. Generous people add value with their words. They invest heavily in relationships. They develop their gifts to share with others. They celebrate the success of others. Generous people see money as a means, not an end. This is the best way to live. This week we wrap up our series on the generous life by exploring four keys to sustaining a generous life, drawn from Psalm 37 and echoed in many of the scripture passages we have considered in earlier weeks of this series. Let’s look back on what we have learned, reflect on it, meditate on it, and allow God’s word to teach us how to keep ourselves primed for living the generous life each day.

Discussion Starter:

Have you ever tried to start a new habit or lifestyle change, only to see it fizzle out? What factors made it hard to make good on your intentions?

Getting into the Text:

Below are four keys to sustaining a generous life. What does each passage of scripture have to say about the key under which it is listed? How does each relate specifically to living generously?

1.  Seek God first.

·    Psalm 37:3-4

·    Matthew 6:31-33

·    Proverbs 3:9-10

·    1 Timothy 6:17

2.  Guard your heart

·    Psalm 37:7-9

·    Matthew 6:19-21

·    Deuteronomy 8:17-18

·    1 Chronicles 29:16-17

3.  Act in Faith

·    Psalm 37:5, 23-26

·    2 Corinthians 9:8

·    Luke 21:1-4

·    1 Kings 17:12-16

4.  Enjoy the rewards of the generous life: joy, growth, impact, and God’s glory

·    Psalm 37:39-40

·    Matthew 25:21

·    2 Corinthians 9:10-12

·    Acts 20:35

Application:

1.  What has been the most valuable take-away for you personally in this series on the generous life? How will you continue to let that truth shape your life going forward?

2.  Psalm 1:2 says that we are blessed when we delight in the law of the Lord and meditate on it day and night. Which of the scripture passages above should you commit to memory? Which of them would be helpful for you to meditate on as you try to live the generous life each day?