October 25 – Extravagant Generosity Daily Devotion

Day 24 – Through God’s Eyes

Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead,
fix your attention on God. You’ll be changed from the inside out. Romans 12:1-2 (The Message)

Vibrant, fruitful, growing congregations thrive because of the extraordinary sharing, willing
sacrifice, and joyous giving of their members out of love for God and neighbor. In the spirit and
manner of Christ, congregations that practice extravagant generosity explicitly talk about the
place of money in the Christian’s walk of faith. They view giving as a gift from God and are
driven to be generous by a high sense of mission and a keen desire to please God by making a
positive difference in the world. The notion that giving rightly focuses on our need to give rather
than on the church’s need to receive is not a money raising strategy, but a spiritually powerful
truth. The practice of tithing benefits the giver as much as it strengthens the mission and ministry
of the church. Americans live in an extraordinarily materialistic and consumerist society. We are
immersed in a culture that feeds acquisitiveness, the appetite for more and bigger, and that fosters
the myth that self-worth is found in material wealth and happiness comes by possessing. We can
never earn enough to be happy when we believe that satisfaction, self-definition, and meaning
derive principally from our possessions; and we can never trust our sense of self-worth when it
rests on treasures that are material and temporal.

– How does living generously help you see the world through God’s eyes?
– How is your own philosophy of life shaped by materialism, acquisition, and the desire to possess? How is it shaped by the wisdom of God? How do you resolve the tensions?