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Learning to Give Like God – A Rich Fool

Stewardship - Growing Our Faith Through GenerosityKey Study Passage:  Luke 12:13-21

Generosity is a matter of the heart.  Like with the widow’s offering (Mark 12:41; Luke 21:1-4), it’s not how much you give, but the sacrifice you make through your giving that counts.

Do your actions reflect a heart that is fully surrendered and obedient to God?  Or like the rich fool are you selfishly hoarding what God has provided?

God has given us himself.  Who are we to do less?  Let’s be generous toward each other, not just with our money, but with every aspect of our lives.

  1. What was the rich fool’s sin?
  2. How can you avoid the rich fool’s sin as you enjoy what God has given you?
  3. How do you cultivate a heart of generosity in your daily life?
  4. Consider what giving sacrificially would look like (think beyond just money).
  5. Study other passages on stewardship or generosity. If you don’t know where to look, ask a pastor or trusted friend, or consult a concordance.

Spend Time in Prayer: Ask God to show you areas of your life where you are selfish; ask him to cultivate a heart of generosity within you.

Luke 12:13-21:

Parable of the Rich Fool

13 Then someone called from the crowd, “Teacher, please tell my brother to divide our father’s estate with me.”

14 Jesus replied, “Friend, who made me a judge over you to decide such things as that?” 15 Then he said, “Beware! Guard against every kind of greed. Life is not measured by how much you own.”

16 Then he told them a story: “A rich man had a fertile farm that produced fine crops. 17 He said to himself, ‘What should I do? I don’t have room for all my crops.’ 18 Then he said, ‘I know! I’ll tear down my barns and build bigger ones. Then I’ll have room enough to store all my wheat and other goods. 19 And I’ll sit back and say to myself, “My friend, you have enough stored away for years to come. Now take it easy! Eat, drink, and be merry!”‘

20 “But God said to him, ‘You fool! You will die this very night. Then who will get everything you worked for?’

21 “Yes, a person is a fool to store up earthly wealth but not have a rich relationship with God.”

Prayer for the Week:  Father, give me the grace to put to death my selfish desires and habits so that I can generously give of myself to others.
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