JESUS IS GENEROUS – SERMON RESOURCES
ENGAGING THE PRACTICAL TIP
On Sunday, Lindsay suggested that we might inventory our own resources. When you have some time, make a list of your most important resources. These might be money, possessions, skills, relationships. They might also include life, family, health, time, people who have played important roles in your life, etc. Once you have a list (maybe a dozen or so items), read Matthew 6:25-35.
Matthew 6 25-35 “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life[e]? “And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.
Go back to your list. Taking each item one at a time, consider the sources of that item. Did it just happen (i.e., your life, your family of origin). Did you play a role in obtaining that resource (e.g., a skill or training, a job, relationships)? Do you feel as if you were entirely the cause of that resource? Share your thoughts and feelings about each resource with God. Look at the resource together, like it was sitting in between the two of you. You might ask God if he feels the same way about the resource as you do. If you sense that God might have a different view, feel free to talk to him about it. Share any feelings of appreciation, satisfaction, future desires, concern, fear, etc. Then move onto the next item.
After you have gone through your list, if you still have time, read through Matthew 6:25-35 one more time. This time let your mind go to the resource or two that comes to mind as you read. Feel free to read slowly and pause whenever significant thoughts or feelings come to mind. After you are through, jot down anything of significance from this time of prayer.
Feel free to share your experience with others who have also tried this prayer exercise by commenting below or emailing: firstname.lastname@example.org.