‘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.
1 Chronicles 29:9, 14, 16 (NIV)
Read: 1 Chronicles 29:1-20
Consider: When David was gathering the resouces together to enable his son, Solomon, to build the temple in Jerusalem, he first gave of his own resouces and then the leaders gave towards the building cost. In 1 Chronicles 29:9 it says that they gave ‘… freely and wholeheartedly to the LORD …’ The generosity of their leaders impressed the people.
Realising that everything you have comes from God changes your perspective on giving. You are no longer giving away your own resources, but returning to God what he has entrusted to you. It belongs to God in the first place, he lends it to you and you return it to him, ready for the cycle to begin again. All very efficient, provided the cycle isn’t broken.
The problem with money is that people are often tempted to hoard it. Instead of seeing their resources as really belonging to God, they see their security in accumulating wealth and possessions.
Pray: Lord, give us a proper view of our resources. Change us if we have tended to see our security in our resources and possessions, rather than in you. Give us the willingness to return to you what you have entrusted to us. Amen