Read: 1 Chronicles 29:1-30
But who am I, and who are my people, that we should be able to give as generously as this? Everything comes from you, and we have given you only what comes from your hand. …. Lord our God, all this abundance that we have provided for building you a temple for your Holy Name comes from your hand, and all of it belongs to you. I know, my God, that you test the heart and are pleased with integrity. All these things I have given willingly and with honest intent. 1 Chronicles 29:14-17
It’s almost time to build the temple of God and David leads the nation in a giving campaign to construct a dwelling place for the Lord. As the people of God come together on this project and bring their wealth David is blown away by the outrageous generosity of the people. David led the way in this generosity, but everyone brought their best and all for the Lord.
You can feel the emotion of David as he asks, “who am I and who are these people?”, and as he declares that all this abundance comes from God and belongs to God and we get to be a part of this amazing thing.
The challenge for us in the 21st century is to have that same perspective. That all we have is provided by God and belongs to Him anyway. Only then can we free our hearts from fear of want and of greed and give generously to building His “temple.”
Now in our day His temple is “the Church.” His people gathered together on a mission. When the Apostle Paul says in 1 Corinthians 3:16, “Don’t you know that you yourselves are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in your midst?” he is referring to the church – the Christians gathered together on a mission from God.
No longer does God’s presence dwell in a physical temple, but among his people who are the temple of God. So when we build the temple in this age we are adding people to the the family of God.
This can be the building of physical buildings that are used to help people find and follow God, but it can be investment in outreach, in launching new churches, in serving our community and the least. All those things build the “temple” of God, and we all have the opportunity to be a part of building that temple.
David got emotional as he witnesses the generosity of the people toward building a physical temple for God. How much more awesome is our privilege to build a temple of people? To change the eternal destination of friends, family, neighbors and strangers? To join with God in building His church and changing our world?
Does your heart skip a beat when you think about it, like Davids? We are a part of something so much bigger and joyous generosity with what God has given us is the exciting overflow of gratitude and faithfulness.
As palpably excited as David was, we get to be a part of something even more significant. Get pumped and let’s get building!
Dear Lord, help me to see the significance of what you have called me to, and free my heart to live a life of outrageous generosity toward you. Amen