Putting purpose first means that you have a plan for how you plan to live with purpose. What are the top 3 most important things to you right now? What goals do you have set for yourself in the next few months? Write those priorities down and then take a look at Psalm 33:11 and start to put a plan of action into place for each of your priorities. Really draw them out. As you hold that list, surrender those plans to the Lord in prayer. Ask Him to help your priorities line up with and move in tandem with His purposes. Then, reach out to a trusted friend this week and ask them to hold you accountable to your plans!
Jesus showed us that what we have isn’t meant just for us. He talks about worrying about all the concerns that money can alleviate and trying to attain more and more and then closes with Matthew 6:33. The word ‘righteousness’ used in that verse is a Greek word, dikaiosynēn, meaning ‘equity’—more specifically, justice. Prioritizing the righteousness of God means that we intentionally care for the poor, the lowly, the disenfranchised, and the marginalized. Pray today that God would help you see those in the community that you could share your resources with and make your move to walk in His ways!
In Matthew 25:29, Jesus shares a parable to help us understand that whether we have little or much, we should be good stewards of our resources. When we practice good stewardship with our resources—it doesn’t matter what we have—we can do more to bless others without fear or anxiety getting in the way. Take a quick inventory of your resources and invite God, through prayer, to help you become a better steward of those resources. Feel free to reach out for help from others in your Small Group or faith community who may be excelling in whichever area of resource stewardship you may be struggling in.
James, the brother of Jesus, reminds us in James 2:15-17 to not just say, “You’re in my thoughts and prayers,” but to live out those “thoughts and prayers.” He is calling us all to live radically generous lives to help take care of the needs of others. Try this: Write down an acronym for the word GENEROUS on a sheet of paper. Then, next to each letter, think of someone in your workplace, family, community, church, etc. whose first name starts with that letter. After writing those names down, lift up a prayer inviting God to help you show radical generosity towards those people in the next few days!
How you give affects how you live. When you read over Proverbs 11:24-25, you discover that while the verse can easily create a focus on finances. However, it also applies to experiences, personal growth, relational connections, and other things gained through generosity with other resources. Take a look at your bank account today. Pray and ask God to help you put purpose first, not just when it comes to your bank account, but when it comes to your emotional, physical, mental, and spiritual accounts as well. Walk wisely with your purpose-filled plans and know that God is with you through it all!
TALK IT OVER
- If you had a million dollars, how would you spend it?
- If you could pay for someone in your family to take an all-expenses covered vacation, who would it be?
- What is one ministry you are most passionate about? Why?
- On a scale of 1-10, how would you rate your budgeting skills?
- What has been the most challenging thing for you to understand when it comes to finances and the local church?
- What are the top 3 most important things to you right now?
- How are you planning to prioritize purpose with those 3 items?
- What is one thing you wish you were a better steward of?