So, as is my tradition, I'm posting those insights here.
In Matthew 6, Jesus teaches on 3 familiar spiritual disciplines:
- giving to the needy
Spiritual disciplines help us grow and transform, to become the people he desires us to be: people capable of "doing the right thing at the right time in the right spirit" (to quote Ortberg).
So, how do these familiar spiritual disciplines help us?
Giving to the needy helps us ...
- become more grateful for what we have
- become less devoted to what we have
- help someone God cares about (don't underestimate the transformative power of mission inclusion)
- demonstrate faith that God is real
- demonstrate faith that God is generous
- demonstrate faith that God is able to help us
- acknowledge dependence on food (human limitedness)
- acknowledge dependence on God
Thanks for letting me dump ideas here. Not every good insight has to make it into a sermon!