October 29 – Extravagant Generosity Daily Devotion

Day 28 – Delight

Tell those rich in this world’s wealth to quit being so full of themselves and so obsessed with
money, which is here today and gone tomorrow. Tell them to go-after God…to be rich in helping
others, to be extravagantly generous. If they do that, they’ll build a treasure that will last,
gaining life that is truly life. 1 Timothy 6:17-19, (The Message.)

People who practice extravagant generosity do not give from a “what remains” mentality, but
from a “what comes first” priority. Giving becomes a way of serving God, and a means of helping
the church fulfill its God appointed mission. They shift things around so that they can do more.
Their generosity opens them to projects they never dreamed God would involve them in. They are
conscientious and intentional. Generosity is their calling. They want to make a difference for
Christ. They care. They grow in the grace of giving. They learn. They take small steps until
generosity becomes natural. They deepen their understanding of giving through prayer and
Scripture, and they foster generosity in others. They push their congregations to become more
generous. They advocate outward focused ministry. They are motivated by a desire to make a
difference rather than by guilt, fear, desire for recognition, or to manipulate others. They give
with humility. People who practice extravagant generosity teach their children and grandchildren
to give, mentoring them on how to earn honestly, save carefully, spend prudently, and give
lavishly. They live with a sense of gratitude. They delight in Jesus as way, the way of true life.

– How do you delight in the good you do through your giving?
– Do you give more now that in the past, and do you expect to give more in the future than you do today? How are you learning to give?