God Always Gives More
God ALWAYS gives us more and better than we could possibly give back to Him and more than we need. The reality is that we have nothing to give Him that He did not first give us. He gave us our bodies, our lives, our possessions AND our salvation. Much of what He gives us is for our benefit and much of what He gives us should be returned to Him or given to others. If we give our hearts to Him, which is the first thing He wants, He will possess everything else too. Then we will keep what He wants us to keep, we will give to Him all that He wants and we will give to others all that he wants us to. He knows best what we need to keep and what we should give.
He wants us, our hearts, our bodies and our lives. If He possesses us, giving Him and others our paltry little possessions will be easy. Giving Him what He wants is perfectly reasonable when we know that he gave us everything. Furthermore, whatever we give back to Him will be laid up for us in Heaven.
Proverbs 23:26: My son, give me thine heart, and let thine eyes observe my ways.
While the passage was written by Solomon to his son, it reflects the truth that God our Father wants the hearts of His children too.
Romans 12:1: I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.
Matthew 16:25: For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it.
Matthew 6:19-21: Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: 20 But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: 21 For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.
He is far more generous with us that we could ever be with Him.
Luke 6:38: Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again.
John 10:10b: . . . I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.
Matthew 19:29-30: And every one that hath forsaken houses, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my name*s sake, shall receive an hundredfold, and shall inherit everlasting life. 30 But he shall receive an hundredfold now in this time, houses, and brethren, and sisters, and mothers, and children, and lands, with persecutions; and in the world to come eternal life.
with persecutions is kind of a shocker in this context. There must be another message there.
2 Peter 1:2: Grace and peace be multiplied unto you through the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord,
2 Corinthians 9:8: And God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work:
Philippians 4:19: But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.
Ephesians 3:20-21: Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us, 21 Unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen.