1 John 3:1 NIV
 See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him.
1 – Understand the tension
2 Corinthians 8:12-14 NLT
 Whatever you give is acceptable if you give it eagerly. And give according to what you have, not what you don’t have.  Of course, I don’t mean your giving should make life easy for others and hard for yourselves. I only mean that there should be some equality.  Right now you have plenty and can help those who are in need. Later, they will have plenty and can share with you when you need it. In this way, things will be equal.
2 – Invest your heart
2 Corinthians 8:17, 23 NLT
 Titus welcomed our request that he visit you again. In fact, he himself was very eager to go and see you….  If anyone asks about Titus, say that he is my partner who works with me to help you. And the brothers with him have been sent by the churches, and they bring honor to Christ.
3 – Live in that tension with a sustained energy for the long term
2 Corinthians 8:20-22a MSG
[20-22a] We don’t want anyone suspecting us of taking one penny of this money for ourselves. We’re being as careful in our reputation with the public as in our reputation with God. That’s why we’re sending another trusted friend along. He’s proved his dependability many times over, and carries on as energetically as the day he started.
Lifegroup Questions and Prayer:
1 – What’s the relationship between blessing and responsibility?
2 – Why is it important we put our heart into the key partnerships we have in life?
3 – Are you committed to living with responsibility and blessing?