If you’re in the construction business, you may have heard of Robert Gilmore LeTourneau. He was known as the “dean of earth moving”. He invented more than 299 earth moving machines, including bulldozers, portable cranes, the electric wheel, and even portable oil platforms for offshore drilling. He may have been one of the most prolific inventors of the 20th century, and if you live in a house, shop at a grocery store, or buy gasoline, you have been profoundly affected by the work of R.G. LeTourneau.
And if you think this is impressive, hold onto your seat. R.G. LeTourneau gave away 90% of his income for the glory of God. Yes, you read that correctly—90%. The man tithed in reverse. He kept 10% and gave God 90%. And he’s not the only person I know of who lives this way.
In fact there are quite a few. And most of them will say, it wasn’t easy to give 90% at first; times were hard for a long time, but the blessings started mounting, and I couldn’t give them away fast enough. Why?
Jesus says that this is how the kingdom of God works: “For to everyone who has, more shall be given, and he will have an abundance; but from the one who does not have, even what he does have shall be taken away.” LeTourneau is often quoted as saying, “”I shovel it out, and God shovels it back, but God has a bigger shovel.”
You may have heard the phrase, “you can’t out give, God,” but do you really believe it?
If you’re interested in taking up this challenge, I dare you to try it this Holiday Season. But don’t give just so you can get more for yourself; you’ll never find joy in it, and you’ll never endure. Rather give freely even as you’ve been given. Give because God gave you life through His Son, Jesus Christ.
And this is the hard part: GIVE UNTIL IT HURTS! David once said, “I will not take what is yours [Ornan’s] for the LORD, or offer a burnt offering, which costs me nothing.” (1 Chronicles 21:24) If you’re sacrificial giving doesn’t cost you something, it’s like giving God your scraps. Give Him your first fruits. Give Him the best you’ve got because number one, He’s worthy, and number two, it’s already His anyway.
So how about it? There are a lot of mountains out there that need moving. If you’re ready to be entrusted with more, it’s time to be faithful with what He’s given you. It’s like R.G. LeTourneau once said, “You will never know what you can accomplish until you say a great big yes to the Lord.”
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