October 5 – Extravagant Generosity Daily Devotion

Day 4 – Partnering With God
1 Timothy 6:18-19 18 They are to do good, to be rich in good works, generous, and ready
to share, 19 thus storing up for themselves the treasure of a good foundation for the
future, so that they may take hold of the life that really is life.
People give because generosity helps them achieve God’s purposes in themselves. By
giving, we develop the inner qualities of generosity. Generosity is not a spiritual attribute
someone acquires apart from the practice of giving. We cannot become generous and
cling to everything we have without letting go. The opposite of generosity is greediness,
selfishness. These are not qualities that lead to life, and so by our giving we cultivate a
different nature inside ourselves. God uses our practice of giving to reconfigure our
interior life. By giving, we craft a different inner desire as the driving element of our life.
Our motivations change. Giving moderates the powerful and sometimes destructive
insatiable drive for acquisition. Generosity becomes a tool God uses to draw us closer to
God and to align us more closely with God’s desire for us.

– Have you ever given over and beyond your normal tithe or pattern of giving? If so, what was the experience like?
– Do you find the more you give, the more likely you are to give? Why or why not?