October 8 – Extravagant Generosity Daily Devotion

Day 7 – The Grace of Giving

2 Corinthians 8:7 7 But just as you excel in everything– in faith, in speech, in knowledge,
in complete earnestness and in your love for us–see that you also excel in this grace of
giving.

Generous churches don’t talk in general terms about stewardship; they speak confidently
and faithfully about money, giving, generosity, and the difference giving makes for the
purposes of Christ and in the life of the giver. They emphasize the Christian’s need to
give more than the church’s need for money. They teach, preach, and practice
proportional giving with the goal of tithing. Churches that cultivate giving speak of joy,
devotion, honoring God, and the steady growth of spirit that leads to greater generosity.
People delight in giving. Churches that practice extravagant generosity encourage people
to grow in their giving, to give more now than in the past and more in the future than they
do today. Generous congregations emphasize mission, purpose, and life-changing results
rather than shortages, budgets, and institutional loyalty. They provide a compelling
vision that invites people to give joyously, thereby finding purpose, meaning, and
satisfaction in changing lives. They know that God moves people to give in order to find
purpose and to accomplish things for Christ.

– How do you feel about how your congregation teaches about money?
–  What conversations that relate faith and money are most helpful to you?