Abide Resources Week 4

Thurs 16 Mar to Thurs 23 March

Take five deep breaths. Check-in with how you are feeling – in body, in mind, in spirit. Take five more deep breaths and ask God to abide with you in this moment.

The Second Step

Read this week’s hymn verse.

Take my silver and my gold
not a mite would I withhold
Take my intellect and use
every power as thou shalt choose

How does it describe what happened yesterday, and today?
Talk to God about this.

The Third Step

Day One

from 2 Corinthians 9 — Each of you must give as you have made up your mind, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to provide you with every blessing in abundance, so that by always having enough of everything, you may share abundantly in every good work. He who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will supply and multiply your seed for sowing and increase the harvest of your righteousness. You will be enriched in every way for your great generosity, which will produce thanksgiving to God through us; for the rendering of this ministry not only supplies the needs of the saints but also overflows with many thanksgivings to God.

In what ways do you make space for generosity?

Day Two

from Luke 10 — A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, when he was attacked by robbers. They stripped him of his clothes, beat him and went away, leaving him half dead. A priest happened to be going down the same road, and when he saw the man, he passed by on the other side. So too, a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side.

What does lack of generosity look like in this well-known story Jesus told?

Day Three

from Luke 10 — But a Samaritan, as he travelled, came where the man was; and when he saw him, he took pity on him. He went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he put the man on his own donkey, brought him to an inn and took care of him. The next day he took out two denarii and gave them to the innkeeper. ‘Look after him,’ he said, ‘and when I return, I will reimburse you for any extra expense you may have.’

What does generosity look like here? In what ways did the Samaritan give? Do we need wealth to be generous?

Day Four

from Luke 10 — “Which of these three do you think was a neighbour to the man who fell into the hands of robbers?”

The expert in the law replied, “The one who had mercy on him.” Jesus told him, “Go and do likewise.”

Have you ever heard random acts of kindness? These are unexpected acts of charity or helpfulness and is often done for a stranger. Google the term for ideas. Look for a chance to practice a random act of kindness today.

The Fourth Step

Read this week’s prayer. What stands out for you today?

Yours, Lord, is the greatness, the power, the glory, the splendour, and the majesty; for everything in heaven and on earth is yours. All things come from you, and of your own do we give you.

The Fifth Step

Read the hymn verse again.

Take my silver and my gold
not a mite would I withhold
Take my intellect and use
every power as thou shalt choose

How does this describe what’s coming up the rest of today and tomorrow? Talk to God about this.

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