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Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Giving Reveals Heart Attitudes (1 Chronicles 29:3, 6, 9)

 "Besides, in my devotion to the temple of my God I now give my personal treasures of gold and silver for the temple of my God, over and above everything I have provided for this holy temple . . . Then the leaders of families, the officers of the tribes of Israel, the commanders of thousands and commanders of hundreds, and the officials in charge of the king's work gave willingly . . . The people rejoiced at the willing response of their leaders, for they had given freely and wholeheartedly to the Lord."

Jesus links treasures with heart attitudes in Matt 6:21, "For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also." Because David loved God and desired to build Him a temple he gave generously toward that cause. You support what you believe in. So, giving is an indicator of your heart's treasure. Show me where you spend your money and we'll soon know what it is that you love.

King David reveals his heart as he gives generously toward the building of the temple. Seeing his generosity prompts his leaders, officers, commanders, and officials to follow suit. When people see their leaders giving generously they too give generously. Stingy leaders lead stingy people while generous leaders create a climate of generosity.

You may say that spiritual things hold your affections, but does your pocket book reflect an investment in spiritual things? Where you invest your time, talent, and resources accurately reflect your heart's treasures.

Questions for today's Chronological Bible reading:
1 Chronicles 27:1-29:22
  • How does King David spend his last years?
  • What does King David say that will safeguard future generations?
  • How comprehensive was King David's plan for building the temple that he hands over to Solomon and how had he obtained his plan?
  • What does this tell you about David in his later years?
  • What prompted the leaders, officers, and commanders to give toward the building of the temple?
  • What has David taught the people about their possessions?
  • How does David's philosophy regarding his possessions compare to today's millionaires?
1 Kings 1:1-27
  • Describe Adonijah.
  • Why do Joab and Abiathar act disloyally toward King David?
  • Who were Zadok, Benaiah, and Nathan and why do they expose Adonijah's plot?
Turning truth into prayer:
Ask the Lord to make you more aware of your expenditures, both in time and in resources.