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. 

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