“No man should appear before the LORD empty-handed: Each of you must bring a gift in proportion to the way the LORD your God has blessed you.” (Deuteronomy 16:16–17, NIV 1984).
My Musings – While the immediate context of this verse applies to only three specific annual feasts, I think the principle is a good one for today. God is only asking for us to return a portion (in proportion) of what He has blessed us with. We are not empty-handed only because of His blessings. So we should not come to Him empty-handed.
My Advice – My mom and dad always said “you cannot out give God.” They gave when they had no idea of how they were going to make ends meet. But somehow (because God out gave them), they always did. While that was never their motive for giving, it was always the outcome of their giving.