February 3 - 9 • Week 5: Generosity
In our last week of the Extraordinary series, we magnify the final point on the compass of living an extraordinary life- generosity. Often times we view generosity as a one-time event or how we should live during certain seasons such as Christmas. But regular generosity marks an extraordinary life, and God calls us to live in this way. Michael Dauphinee, author of the book Extraordinary, shares how generosity is a posture that requires us to see, respond, and be present for those around us.
Living generously transforms OUR lives from ordinary to extraordinary.
In what ways have you personally been blessed by someone else’s generosity?
Generosity can be compared to a default posture of giving from the heart that doesn’t require excess, status, power or possession. When thinking about your own level of generosity, in what ways do you wish to improve your posture?
Read together Luke 7:36-50. What risks did this woman take in order to anoint Jesus’ feet? What did Jesus see in her gift that the others dismissed? What risks would it take for you to live out an extraordinary life of generosity and how would Jesus respond to you?
On Sunday Mike said, “Our culture of politeness has atrophied our muscle of generosity, and we think we have to be invited in. We don’t have to be all up in people’s faces and business, but you can take the risk of just saying… I am here.” Who in your life needs you to show up for them? Who needs you to vocalize that you are there? Will you take the risk to live out extraordinary generosity?
Do you live in a posture of giving or are you worried about losing? Share your thoughts and then pray together as a group to align your posture of generosity to Jesus’ will.
Next Step Challenge
Let’s be like Jesus and really see people around us caring for them, praying for them, and giving of ourselves even when it’s not convenient. This marks an extraordinary life in Jesus. This week as you encounter family, friends, neighbors, coworkers, and strangers, ask yourself: Am I being present with this person and allowing my soul to respond to him or her? Ask the Lord to guide you and move your heart from yourself to serving others around you.
“One person gives freely, yet gains even more; another withholds unduly, but comes to poverty. A generous person will prosper; whoever refreshes others will be refreshed.” – Proverbs 11:24-25
All other Scripture References
Proverbs 11:24-25, Luke 7:36-38, Matthew 5:41-42, Luke 7:50
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