October 6 – Extravagant Generosity Daily Devotion

Day 5 – Muscle Memory
2 Corinthians 8:24 24 Therefore show…..the proof of your love and the reason for our
pride in you, so that the churches can see it.
Giving is a habit that is developed through practice, much like practicing your tennis
serve or your golf swing. The more you practice it, the more muscle memory for giving
you develop; and giving just becomes part of who you are. Proportional giving and
tithing forces you to look at your earning, saving, and spending through God’s eyes. It
reminds us that their ultimate worth is derived from the assurance that we are children of
God, created by God, and infinitely loved by God. Giving generously reprioritizes lives
and helps people distinguish what is lasting, eternal, and of infinite value from what is
temporary, illusory, and untrustworthy. The practice of generosity is a means by which
God builds people up, strengthens their spirits, and equips them to serve God’s purposes.

– Read 2 Corinthians 8. Paul concludes by saying that our giving is proof of our love for God. Can we possibly desire God to shape our souls without giving?
– If you practice proportional giving or tithing, does this practice affect your other spending habits?
– If you do not practice proportional giving or tithing, what are the obstacles to a greater generosity toward God?