God is lavishly, excessively, outrageously loving in every iota of His infinite being. God is, in a word, extravagant. It's His nature. When we realize just how extravagant and outrageous His love is for us, it unleashes in our hearts and minds an extravagance of devotion that transforms life into an experience previously inconceivable. But that's not all. Our extravagance of devotion prompts further expressions of extravagance from God. This is the extravagance cycle, and it is as real today as it was in 1000 B.C. for David or in 30 A.D. for Mary of Bethany. All throughout the Scriptures, we see that lives of extravagant devotion and surrender to Him captured the heart of God. And they still do! Experience the extravagant cycle for yourself. Recognize how much He loves you. Offer Him your devotion and whatever resources of time, talents, and treasure you have, so He can bless and multiply them. It may be all you have--that's what makes your gift extravagant. But when you do the simple deed of giving it to Him, He'll work miracles and touch others through you in a way that will make you eager to see where the cycle takes you next.
Bryan Jarrett serves as lead pastor of Northplace Church in Sachse, Texas, which is committed to being a laboratory that helps people discover and implement New Testament Christianity. He is an international conference speaker who travels extensively in global missions and compassion work. He and his wife Haley live in the North Dallas area with their three children.Mark Batterson is Lead Pastor of National Community Church in Washington, DC.