Former President of the United States, Theodore Roosevelt, once made this statement: “Far better it is to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure, than to take rank with those poor souls who neither enjoy much nor suffer much, because they live in the gray twilight that knows neither victory nor defeat.”1
That reminded me of what the Lord told the people of Israel about keeping from Him the things they could contribute to the growth and success of His mission here on earth. In particular, to stop cheating Him out of the support His House needed to survive. So God gave them this challenge, “Stop cheating me with your support for My House, test me in this and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that there will not be room enough to store it.”2
God challenges us to prove that He means what He says. He is waiting to do business with us, whenever we’re ready. He promises to open the windows of heaven and pour out blessings until we can’t contain it all. The only delay is on our part. As soon as we trust Him by taking the jump, He will show us that there are many more blessings to enjoy than we had ever imagined. God says, “I dare you to obey Me by giving properly.” The question is, are you willing to take God up on His dare?
This has nothing to do with taking a gamble, it is all about exploring your potential. To do that, late Bahamian evangelist Myles Monroe helps us understand some of the ways we can unbind our potential in Christ:
◆ Know your Source and how you are related to each other.
◆ Understand what you are attempting to do and how it works.
◆ Be sure of your reason and purpose in doing it.
◆ Remain confident that your Resource has what you need.
◆ Check your environment to make sure it’s right for your experiment.
◆ Look to see if you are prepared and able to take the challenge.
◆ Get ready to work hard on planting the seed for the harvest you expect to bring in.
◆ Don’t walk off and leave your investment unattended.
◆ Develop plans on how to share the results of your effort.
◆ Always keep in mind the laws of limitation. Trying to overdo something may only result in undoing everything you have done so far.
Neither President Roosevelt nor Evangelist Monroe were advocating that we carelessly climb out on an unsupported limb, nor to start off on a journey minus a map or without knowing where we are going and our reason for getting there. It’s all about looking an opportunity in the eye and believing that with God’s help you can do it for His glory. – Dr. Robert R Seyda
1 Theodore Roosevelt, The Strenuous Life, Hamilton Club, Chicago, April 10, 1899, and again The Man in the Arena: Citizenship in a Republic. Address delivered at the Sorbonne University House, Paris, April 23, 1910
2 Malachi 3:10-12