Farmers know that seeds must be sacrificed by being buried in the ground; they must be given away to do any good.
If you keep a seed in a sack, it does no good, but if you plant it, it multiplies. For example, when you plant just one watermelon seed, you get a bunch of watermelons with hundreds of seeds in them. In the same way, God multiplies whatever you give him. If you give God your time, he multiplies it. If you give him your money or energy, he multiplies those, too.
What’s the key ingredient in this seed planting? Faith.
We have to understand the difference between faith and bargaining. Bargaining is when you say, “God, help me close this deal and I’ll give you part of it.” God doesn’t work that way. God asks for faith. He wants us to sacrifice in advance, not knowing that we’ll get anything in return; then he wants us to let him figure out how to repay us.