“Then Kind David said to the whole assembly, ‘My son Solomon, the one whom God has chosen, is young and inexperienced. The task is great, because this palatial structure is not for man but for the Lord God. With all my resources I have provided for the temple of my God—-gold for the gold work, silver for the silver, bronze for the bronze, iron for the iron and wood for the wood, as well as onyx for the settings, turquoise, stones of various colors, and all kinds of large fine stone and marble—-all of thee in large quantities. Besides, in my devotion to the temple of my God I know give my personal treasures of gold and silver for the temple of my God, over and above everything I have provided for this holy temple: three thousand talents of gold (gold of Ophir) and seven thousand talents of refined silver, for the overlaying of the walls of the buildings, for the gold work and the silver work, and for all the work to be done by the craftsmen. Now, who is willing to consecrate himself today to the Lord?’” (1st Chronicles 29:1-5)
David prepared the people to accept Solomon as God’s chosen to build the Temple. Unable to fulfill his cherished dream, he faithfully prepared the way for another to accomplish it. David is a reminder of our responsibility as role models in giving, praying, organizing, worshiping, and teaching. A chosen leader accomplishes God’s assigned task and prepares the way for successors to accomplish even greater things.
A leader’s example and testimony influences the response of he people. David’s appeal was made effective by his example of worthy and generous giving. This, beloved, is what it means to be a godly giver. It’s not the amount given, but the giver’s heart and commitment to God’s work, that makes the difference.
PRAYER FOR THE DAY:
Precious Abba, our prayer is for our determining how much we are to give to support Your Church. In this prayer, we intend to give money, our time, our skills and our love for Your people, to further the ministries of Your church. This we pray. Amen
THOUGHT OF THE DAY:
“God has given us two hands; one to received with and the second to give with.”
“The sacrifice of the wicked is detestable—-how much more so when brought with evil intent!” (Proverbs 21:27)
The worth of one’s gift is measured by the spirit and intent of he giver. Wicked, godless persons think they can maintain a proper relationship with God through observing worship rituals and giving enough money to God’s work. They so very wrong. God measures by intention and attitude rather than by amount. We must serve God, not by selfish ambition, but by committing ourselves, our treasures, our hearts, and love for God and never for what we may receive. God looks at our hearts first and knows our intent and our commitment to serving Him and not by any amount we might put into the plate. Ask yourself when place a pledge or money in the plate for His church, if this is done only out of obedience, or if it is done to further His kingdom by our words and actions. He will bless those who honor Him, always.
“Selling their possessions and goods, they gave to anyone as he had need.” (Acts 2:45)
Great needs prompt special responses by believers. Early Christians shared their assets as a voluntary response of Christian concern. The believers made their property available for the common good of fellow believers. Christian stewards cannot hoard resources for personal desires when members of he Christian family lack life’s basic needs. The Bible shows that putting all resources in a common fund was an unusual and temporary plan for supplying needs of fellow Christians. The Bible also shows that supplying needs of fellow Christians is God’s plan for the church
2ND THOUGHT OF THE DAY:
“While Jesus was in Bethany in the home of a ma known as Simon the Leper, a woman came to him with an alabaster jar of very expensive perfume, which she poured on his head as he was reclining a the table. When the disciples saw this, they were indignant. ‘Why this waste?’ they asked. ‘This perfume could have been sold at a high price and he money given to the poor.’ Aware of this, Jesus said to them, ‘Why are you bothering this woman? She has done a beautiful thing to me. The poor you will always have with you, but you will not always have me. When she poured this perfume on my body she did it to prepare me for burial. I tell you the truth, wherever this gospel is preached throughout the world, what she has done will also be told, in memory of her.’” (Matthew 26:6-13)
Service to God (aka Stewardship) involves sensitivity concerning when to use resources and inner freedom to act extravagantly at the proper time. Jesus appreciated the woman’s beautiful, yet extravagant gift because it revealed her sensitivity to Him as He faced the cross. His disciples seem to have had good intentions but lacked sensitivity to what was actually going to happen very soon. It was in this sense that He accepted this woman’s extravagant tribute to the King has its eternal reward, for it her tribute as proper preparation for His coming death on the cross and subsequent burial