Have you heard of extreme examples of generosity such as one friend donating a healthy kidney to another? Sacrifice is when one person gives up something of value to achieve a greater good or goal. Lifestyle stewardship is giving at a level that touches one’s life. The journey into lifestyle stewardship requires a reassessment of lifestyle, a reordering of priorities, and a reallocation of resources. The perfect example of lifestyle stewardship is Jesus.

Reassessment of Lifestyle

  1. This is not about judging lifestyles; it is about recognizing that our lifestyles can consume a vast portion of our resources.
  2. Name some factors that encourage a consumptive lifestyle.

Reorder Priorities

  1. Discuss: We spend our money based on our priorities.
  2. How can tracking our expenses reveal where we are spending our lives?
  3. How can we align our expenditures with our true spiritual values?

Reallocate Resources

  1. Recall some occasions when you reduced spending in one area to invest more in another area that became more important to you.
  2. What are some ways we might reduce spending in one area to give more to another?

The Perfect Model Of Lifestyle Stewardship: Philippians 2:5-8

  1. Jesus assessed His lifestyle: “Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus: Who, being in the very nature of God did not consider equality with God something to be grasped.”
  2. Jesus ordered His priorities: “But made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself and became obedient to death — even death on a cross!”
  3. Jesus allocated His resources: “though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, so that you through his poverty might become rich.” 2 Corinthians 8:9

Conclusions:

  1. Christianity was birthed in the sacrifice of Jesus.
  2. Christ calls us to a lifestyle that allows us to invest in greater good and higher values.
  3. To deny oneself in order to benefit others is to follow the example of Christ.
  4. To give to godly causes is to partner with God in the family business.
  5. To faithfully manage God’s entrusted resources is to fulfill the first job God gave to us — stewardship.

Response:

  1. Are you aware of greater causes in which you would like to invest your life by giving?
  2. Can you identify expenditures in your lifestyle that could be reordered so you could give to those higher causes?
  3. Have you ever adjusted your lifestyle and priorities in order to give to something you strongly believed in?
  4. Can you find ways to “let this mind (attitude) be in you which was in Christ Jesus”?

 

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