For years, I have tried. Month after month, I give it my best effort but it never seems to work. Each day, I try a new approach but the approach doesn't make a difference. 

I've given my money. I've sacrificed my time. I've invested my emotions. I've offered my gifts, talents, and abilities. I've even "let go" of many of the dreams of my childhood. Yet, none of these things seem to accomplish the task. 

What is this task I am speaking of? Out-giving God.


Just when I think I've given everything I can relationally, God brings a new, fresh, life-giving relationship into my life! At the moment I'm convinced that I have no more emotional energy to expend, God blesses me with an experience that fills my "emotional cup" to overflowing! On those days when I am sure that my ability to effectively communicate has come to an end, God multiplies the impact of my words in ways I had never imagined He would! When I foolishly believe that I've sacrificed financially more than I should, God brings provision into my home in the most obscure ways! On the many occasions when I know that coming up with another creative idea is just not possible, God blesses me with another one! Even as a runner, as corny as it may sound, when my feet are telling me that they cannot take another step, God gives me the strength to run another mile!

And Peter said, “See, we have left our homes and followed you.” And he said to them, “Truly, I say to you, there is no one who has left house or wife or brothers or parents or children, for the sake of the kingdom of God, who will not receive many times more in this time, and in the age to come eternal life.”  - Luke 18:28-30

Many times more. This is the God I serve!

If you give God your faith, He will show you His faithfulness...many times more. If you give God your finances, He will prove to you His ability to finance...many times more. If you give God your future, He will give you His presence in your present...many times more.

You cannot out-give God.

If you give God your time, He will multiply the effort that you put into that time...many times more. If you give God your abilities, He will take those abilities and give you opportunities you could never attain yourself...many times more. If you give God your hopes, He will give you reasons to have hope in Him...many times more.

You cannot out-give God.

His gifts are longer-lasting, more fulfilling, higher quality, better timed. 

You cannot out-give God.

But I dare you to try!