WEEK 3: MARCH 13-19
Resurrected, So What?
The Resurrection of Christ is not only good news at the end of the story, it is the power to raise us to life now. Paul describes this power in Colossians 3 by talking about the transformation of who we are. We are crucified with Christ and raised to life, and this truth should radically form how we live right now. Our personal life, our family, our jobs, and even our free time should all reflect the reality that we now have an identity formed not of this world, but in Christ. Consider this truth and Colossians 3 as you prayerfully work through this week’s devotionals.
Read Colossians 3 and spend time in prayer.
To be used in Sunday School/small group discussion March 19:
The text for this week and the stories from our devotionals inspire us to reconsider what it truly means to be a people of the Resurrection. If we have been raised to life, then our lives should also be transformed. We have a new identity in Christ and the world will take notice. In a world bankrupt of hope and love, the life of the resurrected people becomes a transformative currency. This also means that we need to continue praying about how our generosity is expanded and transformed. We do this as individuals, as family units, and corporately as a community praying about expansion of the kingdom.
There are three kinds of givers — the flint, the sponge and the honeycomb. To get anything out of a flint you must hammer it. And then you get only chips and sparks. To get water out of a sponge you must squeeze it, and the more you use pressure, the more you will get. But the honeycomb just overflows with its own sweetness. Which kind of giver are you?
Giving with glad and generous hearts has a way of routing out the tough old miser within us. Even the poor need to know that they can give. Just the very act of letting go of money, or some other treasure, does something within us.
— Richard J. Foster
What stood out this week from your devotionals?
How does Colossians 3 challenge your thoughts of generosity?
In your walk with Christ, how has your understanding of generosity been transformed?
Generosity is not just about financial giving, what are some other practical ways that your small group can grow in generosity?