October 11 – Extravagant Generosity Daily Devotion

Day 10 – What Happens to God’s Love?

1 John 3:17-19 If you see some brother or sister in need and have the means to do something
about it but turn a cold shoulder and do nothing, what happens to God’s love? It disappears. And
you made it disappear. My dear children, let’s not just talk about love; let’s practice real love.
This is the only way we’ll know we’re living truly, living in God’s reality. (The Message)

Robert Schnase tells the story about a downtown congregation which sounds very similar to our
situation. Homeless or hungry persons would occasionally ask for handouts. The church tried
developing guidelines and policies for how to handle those situations. As the pastor was leaving
the church one day, he noticed the custodian carrying out the garbage. There was a homeless
person sprawled out beside the trash bin, barely conscious. As the custodian approached the trash
bin, he set down the garbage bag, pulled out his wallet, and removed a few dollars. Without
being asked he walked over to the man and gave him the money, said something, then continued
his work and returned to the church. The pastor was amazed and asked the custodian why he
gave the money, wondering if that person might use the money for alcohol or drugs. The
custodian answered, “I always do what I can.” I give them a little money and say, “God bless
you.” “What they do with the money – they have to answer to God for. I have to answer to God
about what I do with mine.”

– Have you ever witnessed an extraordinary and unexpected act of generosity?
– How has another person’s generosity influenced your own practices of giving?
– Who is learning from your examples of generosity?