Originally, this began as simply a funny animated short for your enjoyment – but, blame it on my preacher heart, it has suddenly become churched up…at least in a devotional sense. You could also – I dunno, just spitballin’ here – use it as a study for your small group.
First, watch this eight minute short.
Then we’ll discuss and put a spiritual twist on this clever French animation. Oh, and you won’t need to understand French to get it.
Okay, let’s look at this from a biblical viewpoint. Yeah, I know. I’m a preacher at heart, which means everything has potential sermon value.
If you were a hipster preacher of a trendy, culturally-savvy, artsy congregation (not that there’s anything wrong with that, Seinfeld) and used this short as a sermon-starter, sorry, talk-engager, what would your sermon – ahem, talk – be about?
The hacking, coughing little beggar dude makes me think of that verse in Hebrews:
Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for thereby some have entertained angels unawares.
No, the stuffy, overly-caffeinated Frenchman in the booth does not fit the last half of that scripture. He’s no angel. Disguised or otherwise.
But the squatty, bearded beggarman fits squarely in the first half. He’s given all his earnings to a complete stranger!
I read recently that John Wesley, my favorite Arminian, approached his earnings this way:
John Wesley adopted the pattern of determining how much he needed to live on, and then giving away everything that he received over and above that. In one year he decided that £30 was all he needed (we’re talking about a frugal life in the 1700s) that year he gave away £1,400.
Wesley wrote, “If I leave behind me £10 … you and all mankind bear witness against me that I lived and died a thief and a robber.”
Wesley regarded his life and wealth as a stewardship, entrusted to him by God for the benefit of those around him.
Uh-oh, this just turned into a post about sacrificial giving.
Holy Spirit, how’d that happen?
Oh well, might’as well go with the Flow…
True or False: God has been generous to me
Which best describes your approach to finances?
What do the following verses teach about generosity?
It’s been said that people who commit adultery know they’re doing it, but those who love money too much don’t know it’s a problem. What are the signs of a greedy life? And what are its safeguards?
Friday challenge: pray about who you could bless by opening up the coffers – someone who would least expect you being the source…and do it!
– Save, spend, give
– Give, spend, save
– Give, save, spend
– Save, save, save, save….spend, give
– Spend, spend, spend, spend, spend, spend…save OR give
– Give, give, give, give, give, save, spend, save, spend, give, give, give, give
- Surreptitiously pay someone’s bill
- Pay for the person’s Starbucks behind you in the drive-thru
- Donate books to your local library
- Treat a single mom to a trip to a spa
- Buy donuts for the office
- Pay a struggling friend’s electric bill
- Rake your neighbor’s leaves
- Overtip the guy who details your car
- Add some more ideas in the comment box (hint, hint!)
I have held many things in my hands, and I have lost them all. But what I have placed in God’s hands, that I still possess.
– Martin Luther