You Can’t Out-give God
When I was a teenager, I used to babysit frequently to earn money.
I became quite popular as a babysitter since kids really liked me. I had some clients who would book me months in advance for all the football games and one family even would book me a year in advance for New Year’s eve!
My church had a missions program and during the conference, everyone was asked to pray about how much money they would commit to giving for missions for the next year. I usually made about $20 a week babysitting, so I pledged to give $2 every week for missions. That was 10% of my earnings.
I used my babysitting money for my lunch money and other needs that I had since my dad had deserted our family and I needed to help my mom out.
The year went along with me cheerfully giving my two dollars every Sunday morning.
But one week, I opened up my wallet and I saw that all I had left was $2. Furthermore, I had no babysitting jobs lined up for that week – none – not even on Friday or Saturday nights which were my most common ones.
If I gave my last $2, I would have no lunch money for Monday either.
When we got home from church, the phone was ringing. A neighbor needed me to babysit that afternoon. Well, there was my lunch money for Monday.
A bit later someone else called and needed me to babysit that night. Then someone called and needed me on Monday night.
All through the week, I got calls so that I had 1 or 2 jobs every single day that week and I had 3 on Saturday!
That week, I made a record breaking $75! (Back then, the pay was 50 cents an hour.)
What a great example of God’s delightful provision.
I like to think of God delighting in my gift that Sunday as I pulled out my last $2. Then He just turned around and showered me with His abundance and how much He loves me.
It is so true that you can’t outgive God!
What has been your experience with giving to God?