February 12, 2023
Giving is an Act of Worship
1 Chronicles 28:20 NIV
"David also said to Solomon his son, 'Be strong and courageous, and do the work. Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the Lord God, my God, is with you. He will not fail you or forsake you until all the work for the service of the temple of the Lord is finished.'"
God is with you! Therefore, you do not need to fear your circumstances. God will never fail you nor forsake you.
1 Chronicles 28:21a NIV
"The divisions of the priests and Levites are ready for all the work on the temple of God, and every willing person skilled in any craft will help you in all the work."
God always gifts his people with the abilities needed to get the job done.
1 Chronicles 29:2-3 NIV
"With all my resources, I have provided for the temple of my God—gold for the gold work, silver for the silver, bronze for the bronze, iron for the iron, and wood for the wood, as well as onyx for the settings, turquoise, stones of various colors, and all kinds of fine stone and marble—all of these in large quantities.
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: for the gold work and the silver work, and for all the work to be done by the craftsmen."
2 Samuel 24:24 NIV
"But the king (David) replied to Araunah, 'No, I insist on paying you for it. I will not sacrifice to the Lord my God burnt offerings that cost me nothing.'"
1 Chronicles 29:5 NIV
"Now, who is willing to consecrate themselves to the Lord today?"
"… just wanted to let you guys know we had our HS students do their commitment cards last night for Relentless Pursuit. …just wanted to celebrate that they have committed just over $____ to Relentless Pursuit over the next 3 years! It's been super cool to read through some of their commitments and see how excited they are for Relentless Pursuit and not just in finances but everything in general! God's doing some cool things in our hs students!" – Christian Crampton
1 Chronicles 29:6 NIV
"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."
"celebrate that [our High School Students] have committed just over $6800 to RP over the next 3 years!"
That total is over: $800,000!
1 Chronicles 29:10-13 NIV
"David praised the Lord in the presence of the whole assembly, saying, 'Praise be to you, Lord, the God of our father Israel, from everlasting to everlasting. Yours, Lord, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the majesty and the splendor, for everything in heaven and earth is yours. Yours, Lord, is the kingdom; you are exalted as head over all. Wealth and honor come from you; you are the ruler of all things. In your hands are strength and power to exalt and give strength to all. Now, our God, we give you thanks and praise your glorious name.'"
1 Chronicles 29:16-18 NIV
"Lord our God, all this abundance that we have provided for building you a temple for your Holy Name comes from your hand, and all of it belongs to you. I know, my God, that you test the heart and are pleased with integrity.
All these things I have given willingly and with honest intent. And now I have seen with joy how willingly your people who are here have given to you. Lord, the God of our fathers Abraham, Isaac, and Israel, keep these desires and thoughts in the hearts of your people forever, and keep their hearts loyal to you."
John 12:32 NLT
"And when I am lifted up from the earth, I will draw everyone to myself."