It’s easy as a Christ follower to want to give, serve and exhaust our resources (and even ourselves!) to take care of everything and everyone in need. As we pause to thoughtfully integrate Passion + Wisdom this week, keep in mind that we are not always someone else’s answer but Jesus always is. As you take into account the things you’re passionate about, pray Philippians 4:19 over all of those you know that are in need. Then ask God to give you wisdom as you give to and serve others for His glory this week!
We can see in the scriptures the example that Jesus set when it comes to supporting others. Jesus served selflessly, gave generously, taught faithfully, listened compassionately. Then he would take time out to personally reconnect with God to recharge spiritually and then go serve faithfully again. Take some time out today to focus on your personal relationship with Jesus. Reflect on Psalm 73:28 and draw near to the Lord today. Turn on your favorite praise and worship song and allow the words to refill your heart as you worship him wherever you are. Thank Him for His goodness and cast your cares on Him today!
The Parable of the Prodigal Son unveils the depth of love that a Father had for his son. Even when his son was driven by neediness, the Father saw the bigger picture. The Father never bubble-wrapped his son, but instead loved him enough to let the son end up in a pig pen. Meanwhile, the Father prayed for the son. When the son returned, he welcomed him back with open arms to receive what he truly needed—not earthly possessions—but forgiveness, faithful love, and compassion. Read over the Parable of the Prodigal Son (Luke 15:11–32) and find yourself in this story. Then ask yourself how you can move toward intentional prayer, faithful love, forgiveness, and compassion for others in your life today.
Galatians 6:9-10 reminds us: So let’s not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up. Therefore, whenever we have the opportunity, we should do good to everyone—especially to those in the family of faith. Is there someone in your life that you’ve encountered recently in need of something you are uniquely able to provide? Do you feel led to meet that need at this time? Go for it and praise God for the ability to bless others with what He’s provided in or for you to do!
Love is perhaps the greatest need for people in our world and the great news is that it doesn’t take an extravagant purchase or a big show to provide it. One simple way to show love this season is inviting someone to join you OR asking to join them in a shared experience. It will allow you to get to know them better and will help them to know that they are being thought of and cared for. Do you have anyone in mind that you could include in some holiday fun this weekend? Go ahead and reach out to them. As you prepare to spend time with them, pray the words in Matthew 18:20 over your upcoming time together.
TALK IT OVER
- Which do you feel are more needy: dogs or cats? Prove it.
- If you could donate $10,000 to only one non-profit organization, which would it be?
- Who are a few of the most life-giving people you know? What makes them different?
- What do you think some deeper issues might be for people who come across as overly needy?
- Read Mark 1:35-37. How was Jesus giving his disciples exactly what they needed?
- We all experience some kind of need. Which area of your life is most impoverished? How can you allow God to meet you there?
- Read Psalm 70:5. Share a story of when you or someone else tried to play God’s role of deliverer. What would you do differently now?
- What do you need to change to better love people who have needs?
- What actions will you take to trust God with your personal needs?
- What can we do as a group to help you practically meet some basic needs?