This is a recap of the latest sermon in our series on Jesus on Money.
In Luke 12:32-34, Jesus calls us to be generous with our money. The test of whether we trust Him and have understood His teaching on money is whether or not we live generously toward God and others.
1. God’s Generosity Sets Us Free
Jesus invites us to generosity in this passage. He doesn’t command it; He reminds us of who we are (Lk. 12:32). We are His little flock. God is our Father. It is His good pleasure to give us His whole kingdom! And if that’s true, if we believe that by faith, we are set free to be generous with our possessions.
2. Our Generosity Flows from Faith
If we believe we have a Father who owns everything and takes good pleasure in giving us His kingdom, then we’ll want to be like Him. Faith produces generosity toward God and others. You put your money where your heart is (see Lk. 12:34 and Matt. 6:21). If your heart is with Christ by faith, you will put your money toward His purposes, not yours.
3. You Can’t Out-Give God
God promises that everything you give away will come back to you in His kingdom (Lk. 12:33). When you give your money away in worship and faith, in sacrifice and service to others, you are investing in the best retirement plan available. Every penny you give away is placed in the bank of heaven. It’s treasure no one can steal. The return on investment is one hundred-fold. It’s not insured by the FDIC; it's insured by the blood of the Lamb.
Reflection & Application Questions
- Why does Jesus invite us to generosity instead of command it in this passage? What does that tell you about Him?
- Jesus wants us to be generous because of who we are in Him. What do we learn about our identity from this passage (esp. Lk. 12:32)?
- Rather than “pay yourself first,” what mentality does God want us to have when it comes to our money? Why?
- In Lk. 12:34, Jesus teaches that we put our money where our heart is. Think about what you have done with your money in the past month. What does your spending reveal about where your heart is?
- On a scale of 1-10 (1 being Ebenzer Scrooge, 10 being Jesus), how generous would you say you are? What is one practical step you can take to move closer to a 10?
- Do you believe you can’t out-give God? What proof has He given of this? What makes that hard for you to believe? How can you preach the gospel to yourself with respect to money, instead of listen to yourself?