AN ACT OF THE WILL (WEEK OF NOVEMBER 17TH)
“Now this I say, he who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. Each one must do just as he has purposed in his heart, not grudgingly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that always having sufficiency in everything; you may have abundance for every good deed.”
-2 Corinthians 9:6-8
Passage to Read: 1 Chronicles 29:1-21
Theme: Leaders are Givers
Soldiers in battle find little assurance in the leader hiding behind a tree!
David knew that. His life had been one of warfare, and the experiences of life played significantly in the development of his character. He went to battle with those who served him, decisively led in the affairs of state, and showed himself an example in issues of faith. The old soldier leads again in 1 Chronicles 29, now pointing the way by example in his giving to the great temple project.
The account may be familiar but it’s the words of motivation that tell the story behind the incredible outpouring of his love and wealth. “. . . the work is great; for the temple is not for man but for the Lord God. . . “(29:1), “With all my ability I have provided for the house of my God . . . “ (29:2), “moreover in my delight in the house of my God, the treasure I have of gold and silver, I give to the house of my God, over and above all that I have already provided. . . “ (29:3).
David’s clear delight was in the Lord His God. It was not out of compulsion that He gave, but out of a heart that knew and clearly understood that, “both riches and honor come from You, and You rule over all, and in Your hand is the power and might; and it lies in Your hand to make great and to strengthen everyone” (29:12).
We own nothing that hasn’t been given to us, “for all things come from You, and from Your hand we have given You. For we are sojourners before you, and tenants, as all our fathers were; our days on the earth are like a shadow, and there is no hope. O Lord our God, all this abundance that we have provided to build You a house for Your holy name, it is from Your hand, and all is Yours” (29:14-15).
Giving allows us to share in the joy.
Question: What do you want me to do in relation to the Vision 2020 capital campaign? How should I move forward with this commitment?
Reflection: Take some time to write out your thoughts as you reflect on this passage.
You did it! Thank you for your faithfulness in participating in the weekly fast. We pray that the Lord used this time of seeking him to draw you closer to himself.