It’s a funny law of the universe––as we thank God for what we have, we naturally start to become less greedy and more generous. Thanksgiving isn’t just a holiday we celebrate in the United States, it’s a way of life and the “antidote” to some of our deepest issues! As we study Paul’s words in 2 Corinthians 9 together, we’ll find the key to our own cheerfulness and our generosity to others lies in the same place: a life of gratitude.
Talk About It!
1. Remember the source of the resource
2 Corinthians 9:6-7
- Have you ever planted seeds and watched them grow? What kind of seeds did you plant, and what did they grow up to be? Whatever we plant is what we harvest. When we plant a little, only a little grows. When we plant a lot, we get to see a lot grow. That’s not just true of plants. That’s how generosity works too. When we are afraid to give things away, we aren’t able to receive what God wants to give us. When we’re generous, God is able to bless us.
- What kind of seeds are you planting in your life? Sometimes it’s hard to think of ways to be generous. We might not have thousands of dollars to give away, but we have time, energy, and the talents God gave us, and we can be generous with those!
- What kind of things do you think will grow? Everything we have is a gift from God, and only he can teach us how to use them and plant them well! We need to let him teach us how to plant seeds of kindness and generosity, so we can watch them grow in our lives.
2. Needs over greeds
2 Corinthians 9:8-11
- What things do you need most in the world? As humans, we all need food, water, air, somewhere to live, and people who love us. But even more than that, we all need to depend on God. We need his love more than we need breath or food or love from other people.
- What things can you give away? This world tells us that in order to make our world bigger, we need to be greedy, that we need to pile up all the things we can and not share them with anyone. The truth is, the more we give things away, the bigger our world becomes and the more we can see Jesus.
3. Go S-P-E-L-L out the gospel
2 Corinthians 9:12-13
- Your life tells a story and teaches people about God. What do people learn when they look at your life? If someone has never heard of Jesus or read the Bible, your life might be the only gospel some people ever hear! We should tell people about how much Jesus loves them, but we don’t always get the chance to do that. That’s why our actions need to point people to Jesus.
- How does your life look different from the lives of other people? This world teaches us to be prideful, look out for ourselves, and be greedy. God’s Word teaches the opposite. When we live humbly, think of others as better than ourselves, and give away our time, talent, energy, and resources, people will notice God at work in us!
4. You already have the greatest gift ever given
2 Corinthians 9:14-15
- Think about everything you have, energy, time, talents, and resources. Where did those things come from? Everything we have is from Jesus. Together, you can make a list of everything God has given each one of you. Then talk about ways to use those things generously and for the Lord.
- Take time to pray as a family and thank God for the gifts that he has given every one of you, and ask him to show you how you can give those gifts away. As we take stock of the resources God’s given us, it’s important to remember that we already have the greatest gift ever given, the “indescribable gift” of Jesus himself. While we are thankful for the way God provides for our needs, the greatest need we’ve ever had is to be in relationship with God. And that need was met through the finished work of Jesus before we were ever born.
Optional Follow-up Questions:
- What makes you say that?
- What makes you say that?
- How does that make you feel?
- How would you explain this to someone who doesn’t know Jesus?
- Why do you think God did it that way?
- Why should we do the things that God tells us?