Archive for October 27th, 2007

1 Chronicles 29

The first part of 1 Chronicles 29 deals with the funding of the building of the temple.  David addresses the kingdom and sets the bar high.  He tells them that he is “turning over my personal fortune” to the work of building the temple.  David sets the standard.  He leads the way – publicly.  One of the things that sort of has always bothered me about giving is why the church thinks it needs to be so private.  Is it because we are ashamed of how little people really give?  Is that what bothers folks so much.  David lays it all out here.  He tells everyone exactly what he is giving and then challenges the rest to do the same.  Check this out: “And now, how about you? Who among you is ready and willing to join in the giving?”  It is much more effective to lead actually leading.  David’s challenge is well received because he went first.  That is what leadership means guys.  We go first.  We set the direction by actually leading them there.  Sometimes leadership becomes just a let me tell you what you should do game.  That is not effective nor is it leadership.  Leadership means we do it – we set the example and walk others through it.  That includes this area of giving.  Was David successful?  Here is what scripture tells us: “Ready and willing…they stepped forward and gave willingly”.  Why?  Was it because they were all wealthy and had lots to give.  I think not. It was because the leader led them to this point by setting the example as well as the expectation.  God has an expectation around giving.  It is called tithing.  The church is afraid to call people out who don’t step up and live their life the way God intends in this area of giving.  That may be because those of us who lead are not willing to set that example.  It worked for David.  Not only were the coffers filled, but there was a “full of a sense of celebration” which is what true giving will always produce.  Are you a giver in God’s true sense – a tither?  If not, I think we all need to study what God tells us about this.  Out of the abundance He provides we should at the very least give back what He requires. 

1 Chronicles 28

David passes the torch to Solomon.  But he does it with class.  This chapter 27 of 1 Chronicles is a great example of vision casting.  David “called together…everyone who held responsible positions”.  Did you get that – EVERYONE.  He is making sure all people know what the scoop is going to be.  He assembles them to tell them about the passing of leadership and the project that is first and foremost on his mind – building the temple which has been assigned to his son Solomon.  Listen to what he tells the people here: “And now, in this public place, all Israel looking on and God listening in, as GOD’s people, obey and study every last one of the commandments of your GOD so that you can make the most of living in this good land and pass it on intact to your children, insuring a good future”.  This is some pretty sage advice for us too.  We need to assemble those we lead and cast vision – give direction on what we expect and how we are going to lead them.  It is one of our greatest responsibilities but we do it so little.  So many excuses – too busy, people aren’t available, yada yada yada.  David shows us how – get the people together and give them direction.  Cast vision clearly and concisely.  He also lays it out for Solomon too. “get to know well your father’s God; serve him with a whole heart and eager mind, for GOD examines every heart and sees through every motive. If you seek him, he’ll make sure you find him, but if you abandon him, he’ll leave you for good”.  This is no cake walk for the kid.  He has a big task to get done plus some pretty heavy expectations from dad.  But the key is David shares it openly and completely.  No unspoken expectations.  It is all on the table.  Both directives really are about relationship with the Father.  That is the vision here.  Build a relationship, stay close and serve Him.  God will not leave you if you do and the future will  be  bright.  That is pretty much our promise as well.  We serve the same God.  He loves us equally as much.  We need to cast that vision to those we lead.

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