October 7 – Extravagant Generosity Daily Devotion

Day 6 – Pocket Change
Galatians 5:22-23 22 By contrast, the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience,
kindness, generosity, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, and self-control.

We give you a chance to bring your pocket change to church every week and place it in
the offering plate. Those collections of ‘pocket change’ are used to fund various
charitable ministries as well as to create an emergency fund we call the Good Neighbor Fund to help meet the needs of those both inside and outside our church at a time of crisis.
Even pocket change changes lives. Change the life of a child and you might just save the
world. Generosity is a fruit of the Spirit, a worthy spiritual aspiration. To practice
extravagant generosity requires self-control, patience, kindness, faith, and love of God
and neighbor. These build us up; equip us for life and for ministry; and foster
perspectives and attitudes that are sustaining, enriching, and meaningful. Giving changes
the giver, the recipient, and the congregation. If we would grow in our discipleship,
deepening our faith through study together, practicing simple generosity, and changing
the lives of people we might never know, we will discover that God is changing both us
as individuals and as the church.

– How does your church change lives in your community? On the other side of the world?
–  What will you do to change someone’s life this week?