October 23 – Extravagant Generosity Daily Devotion

Day 22 – There is Always a Way

One poor widow came up and put in two small coins….Jesus… said, “All the others gave what
they’ll never miss; she gave extravagantly what she couldn’t afford—she gave her all.” Mark
12:42-44 (The Message)

For hundreds of generations, the practice of tithing has sustained growth in personal generosity.
To tithe means to give to God 10% of income. It’s simple, concise, and consistent. Write down
your income for the month, move the decimal point over one place, and write a check to the
church for the amount you see. Do it first thing when you’re paid, and you discover that the
practice dials down appetites, reshapes priorities, and that all other expenses, needs, and savings,
will readjust. What could be easier? Jesus commended the practice of tithing, even among the
Pharisees. The early church practiced the tithe, and so have Christians in every generation since.
John Wesley tithed and expected early Methodists to give regularly and generously at every class
meeting and Chapel service. Their gifts were meticulously recorded so that people could hold
themselves accountable to the practice of giving. Despite the outward challenges and inner
struggles, and the countercultural nature of generosity, where there is a desire to give, there is a
way. The two coins dropped in the treasury from the hands of the poor widow, noticed by Jesus
and recorded for all time as a model of extravagant generosity, forever reminds us that there is
always a way. Giving helps us become what God wants us to be.

– What kind of person do you want to become over the next ten years? What kind of person do you believe God desires you to become?
– How are your current practices of living taking you there? How is your generosity helping you become who God wants you to be?