Generosity in Perspective
Gracious Father, whose lovingkindness never fails, I thank You for Your unchanging loyalty.
1 Chronicles 29:1-20
Consider: God rejoices when his children give joyfully (2 Cor. 9:7). King David and the leaders of Israel obviously warmed God’s heart!
God must have been ecstatically happy with the generosity demonstrated that day! The Israelites had already been encouraged to volunteer their skills in the building of the Temple. Now their leaders were invited to be generous with their resources. In response to David’s call, they willingly parted with their treasures. It is hard to imagine the collection process for such great wealth, but somehow they had organized a “treasury of the temple” (8) where valuables would be kept in safe custody until needed for the building project (1 Chron. 26:20-22; 1 Kings 7:51). Bringing these donations was an act of commitment of themselves to the Lord.
Both people and king celebrated the result--but not in a self-congratulatory way. David recognized that the God of the nation’s history was the God of all time and space; he was the true king and the owner and giver of all wealth. David was humbled that such an insignificant people should be privileged to give back to God from their abundance, and he urged his people, and especially his son, to maintain joyful obedience to this great God.
Likewise, the New Testament encourages a generous spirit: a sacrificial attitude is more important than the size of the gift; faithful stewardship is more important than financial success; giving brings more happiness than receiving; sharing resources builds community and meets needs. The primary motive for our generosity is the supreme generosity of God himself--he gave his own Son (John 3:16; 2 Cor. 8:9). Although David had a clear grasp of God’s generosity, Jesus’ human ancestor could not have appreciated the amazing grace of God that would be supremely demonstrated through his descendant.
Apply: What can you learn from King David’s fundraising strategy? If someone unknown to you were to look over your bank statement, what would they conclude about your loyalties?
All-Seeing God, I am reminded that it’s not all about me. Continue to teach me to share joyfully what You have given me.
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