But who am I, and who are my people, that we should be able to offer so willingly as this? For all things come from You, and of Your own we have given You. 1 Chronicles 29:14
When great resources were needed to build the temple, King David set the example by giving of his personal wealth, followed by all the leaders of Israel. David explained why: “The work is great, because the temple is not for man but for the Lord God” (1 Chronicles 29:1). He then said to God that they could only give because He had first given to them (verse 14).
That is the premise that underlies all giving and service in God’s Kingdom. We give and serve because He has first given to us and served us. As the apostle John later wrote, “We love Him because He first loved us” (1 John 4:19). Whatever God has given us in terms of time, talent, or treasure, we owe it all to Him. From the breath of our life to the work of our hands, we give it to glorify the One who first gave to us.
Consider afresh today what God has given you. Offer thanks to Him and consider how you might use His gifts for His glory.
We make…His glory the goal for which we live. Jerry Bridges