Then the people rejoiced because these had given willingly, for with single mind they had offered freely to the Lord; King David also rejoiced greatly. I Chronicles 29:9 NRSV
King David, in Chronicles, sets the stage for his son and heir to build a temple for God. David wants to provide the funds to pay for the construction. He doesn't just ask the people of Israel to give: David gives generously first out of his own treasury. Then he asks what the people will offer willingly to help with the expenses and, in doing so, be part of this holy construction. Then the leadership of the houses of Israel come forward, giving freely. This is followed by other leaders and by the people. They give various denominations of money and precious stones. Then everyone rejoices because they money was given freely rather than "taxed."
It is interesting to see that people do follow the example of leaders. When leadership in our churches give generously, then the rest of the congregation will follow. When leaders sacrifice for God's own good, others will happily follow this example.
In this shaky economic climate, how generously are you giving to God?
God, you ask us to give joyfully, not out of our abundance but out of our love for you. Help us to give freely and to lead others in also giving to you. In Jesus' name. Amen.
Copyright 2010 Amelia G. Sims