You Can't Out-Give God
“Give, and you will receive. Your gift will return to you in full—pressed down, shaken together to make room for more, running over, and poured into your lap. The amount you give will determine the amount you get back.” (Luke 6:38, NLT)
When you give from a heart for Jesus, your goal isn’t to get a blessing. But the truth is that God will bless you.
You can’t out-give God. When you learn to be generous like God is generous, he promises that you will end up with more. This is the economy of God.
Sometimes it seems like God is saying: "Let's see who can out-give the other. You give to me and to other people, and I'll give to you—and we'll see who wins."
And God always wins! He says over and over in Scripture that you will end up with more if you learn to be generous. Sometimes those blessings will be material. But sometimes they’ll be the spiritual blessings that come from a generous heart.
Jesus says, “Give, and you will receive. Your gift will return to you in full—pressed down, shaken together to make room for more, running over, and poured into your lap. The amount you give will determine the amount you get back” (Luke 6:38 NLT).
What is Jesus saying here? Imagine you’re going to a market to buy grain. You bring a burlap sack and pay to have the whole sack filled. As the shop owner is pouring grain, you press it into your sack. Then you gently shake the sack so the grain settles down even more. You want to fit the maximum amount of grain.
Jesus is saying that God’s blessings are the same. When you give generously, he’ll give so generously that you’ll have to make room for more.
He gives in full measure—and then some—when you learn to be generous like him. The way you give to others is the way God will give to you. He wants you to be generous because he wants you to be like him. You can’t become more like Christ without learning to give generously.
This is one of the most important decisions you will make: Is your life going to be about giving away what God has blessed you with? Will it be marked by a joyous desire to grab hold of God’s promises as you let go of the things of this earth?
“The amount you give will determine the amount you get back.” You determine how much God blesses your life.
Talk It Over
What does your giving to the church and to people in need say about your faith in God’s promises to bless you as you give?
Is it better as a Christian to save all your money instead of spending it? Why or why not?
How have you asked God to bless your life? In what ways are you showing him that you want to become generous like he is?
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