13 February 2017, 01:00 - By Viking KARWUR
1 Chronicles 29:1-14
When I reminded my husband that his 39th birthday was just around the corner, he declared that he didnâ€™t want any presents. Yeah, right, I thought, and I continued to press him for gift ideas. Thatâ€™s when he told me he wanted to give away the money we would have spent on his birthday.
The Bible calls us to give willinglyâ€”not grudgingly or of necessityâ€”to support Godâ€™s work and to help people (2 Cor. 9:7). This kind of freewill giving often results in joy for the giver. When King David donated his personal stash of gold and silver to help build the temple, many Israelite officials followed his example. After they contributed bronze, iron, gemstones, and precious metal, â€œthe people rejoiced, for they had offered willinglyâ€ (1 Chron. 29:9).
As part of the celebration, David praised God, saying, â€œOf Your own we have given Youâ€ (v.14). His point was that God owns everything. Remembering this allows us to give eagerly, because we are just returning our resources to their rightful ownerâ€”God Himself.
The next time you contribute cash, services, or belongings to support the cause of Christ, examine your attitude. Are you giving freely and willingly? God loves a cheerful giver.
Lord, You love the cheerful giver,
Who with open heart and hand
Blesses freely, as a river
That refreshes all the land. â€”Murray
How we give is more important than how much we give.