一个信徒如何才能甘心乐意地给？大卫的祷告为我们提供了答案。 “凡天上地下的都是你的”（29:11）;“ 丰富尊荣都从你而来”（29:12）;“ 因为万物都从你而来，我们把从你而得的献给你”（29:14）。给的甘心乐意是认识到万物都属于神，我们所有的一切都是从他而来。唯有真的懂得这点，我们才能给的乐意而欢喜。
1 Chronicles 28 [Read]
1 Chronicles 29 [Read]
John 11:47-57 [Read]
To give away our possession which we work hard to earn is not easy, and it is even harder to give them away willingly. After all, we pay for those things with our time and effort, not to mention the education and preparation which went into it. To simply give them away is hard for us to justify that to ourselves, and that’s why the rich young ruler went away sad (Mk 10:22).
The narrative of David in 1 Chronicles ended with his plan to build the house of God. He wanted to build the most magnificent temple for the LORD who had given him everything he had, so that the God’s people and Gentiles might remember the great things God had done for him and Israel. Even though he could not build it himself (1Ch 28:3), he could still prepare all the materials needed for the actual construction.
David provided for the temple with all his resources (29:2), and he even gave his personal treasures of gold and silver for the temple (29:3). “Now, who is willing to consecrate himself today to the LORD?” (29:5). Following the example of their king, all the leaders of the people willingly gave (29:6). Because they gave freely and wholeheartedly, the people rejoiced and the king rejoiced as well (29:9). It’s a beautiful picture.
The word “willingly” appears 7 times in this chapter alone, so it should not be difficult to see the main point the Chronicler meant to convey. It’s not just the giving itself, but the way it was done, which pleased everyone. “Keep this desire in the hearts of your people forever” (29:18). Cheerful giving needs to come from a desire to please God.
How can a believer give willingly? The prayer of David provided us with the answer. “Everything in heaven and earth is yours” (29:11); “Wealth and honor comes from you” (29:12); “Everything comes from you, and we have given you only what comes from your hand” (29:14). To give willingly is a result of recognizing that everything belongs to God and everything we have comes from him. Only when that happens, we may give willingly and cheerfully.
“God loves a cheerful giver” (2 Cor 9:7). Such giving does not limit to money, and the receiver does not limit to church. The main point is where we see our possession come from, and that will determine how willingly we are to give them away.
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