|Sunday, August 29, 2021|
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
“O Lord our God, even this material we have gathered to build a Temple to honor your holy name comes from you! It all belongs to you! 17 I know, my God, that you examine our hearts and rejoice when you find integrity there. You know I have done all this with good motives, and I have watched your people offer their gifts willingly and joyously.” 1Chr 29: 16-17
iving generally, and especially giving to God has become a controversial issue in our generation and particularly within the Pentecostal circles. My Accounts teacher in Form four emphasized “for every giver there is a corresponding receiver and for every creditor there is a corresponding debtor! “ In our time we seem to focus on giving and forget about corresponding receiving.
Sadly because of this people see giving as loosing, forgetting what the first law of Thermodynamics, also known as the law of Conservation of Energy states, “that energy cannot be created or destroyed in an isolated system.”
What the Holy Spirit will want us to learn today is that the quality, quantity and motive of your giving determines the quality, quantity of your receiving and life.
I have always been fascinated by the life of David Jesse. So much to learn from him. His life came to lime light when God rejected his ‘home sitting’ seven senior brothers to anoint the ‘farm busy’ last born as king in his father’s house. It was followed by the failure of his highly trained older brothers, generals in the army of king Saul, to kill Goliath; a job he did with so much ease and dexterity with God’s help.
Next you see him become king in Hebron over Judah and eventually over Israel and then he built Jerusalem the City of David.
The most fascinating aspect of his life God opened my eyes to see today is the quality, the quantity and the motive with which he gave to God and humanity with respect to building the temple. Despite all the troubles he had to ascend the throne, the most important thing that preoccupied David was how to give to God by relocating the ark of God to a beautiful temple. He made a passionate plea with God to build the temple and God said no, you are a man of war, you have shed too much blood! Your son will build the temple.
Let’s face it, if you had a genuine motive to build a cathedral to God and God says don’t worry, what will you do? You and I will rejoice, “at least God sees my heart” you will say and walk away. Not David! He provided all the son needed to build the temple. I recommend you read 1Chr 22 & 29 again to gain more insight on giving.
1.Quality of his giving: “And now, because of my devotion to the Temple of my God, I am giving all of my own private treasures of gold and silver to help in the construction. This is in addition to the building materials I have already collected for his holy Temple. 4 I am donating more than 112 tons of gold from Ophir and 262 tons of refined silver to be used for overlaying the walls of the buildings 5 and for the other gold and silver work to be done by the craftsmen. Now then, who will follow my example and give offerings to the Lord today?”
Do you consider the quality of what you are giving to God ?Not just money, in worship , in praise, in service. What is the quality of service you offer to your employer, your nation. What is the quality of service you render to your children, parents and spouse- could they be classified as gold or silver? The Holy Spirit wants you to learn the art of giving qualitatively to God.
2. Quantity of his giving. “I have taken great pains to provide for the temple of the LORD a hundred thousand talents of gold, a million talents of silver, quantities of bronze and iron too great to be weighed, and wood and stone. You may add to 1Chr 22:14 an information from Google that can help us understand the equivalents of talents in of the days of David in monetary terms today: “In June 2018, the international price of gold was about US $41,155.69 per kilogram. One gram costs about $38. At this price, a talent (33 kg) would be worth about $1,400,116.57.”Multiply what you have with 100,000 of gold and silver - It runs into billions of US dollars! The idea here is to help you quantify what you are giving to people or to God. Many of us give stipends and tips to God. What percentage of what you have are you giving to charity, humanity and God?
3. Motive of his giving: “But who am I, and who are my people, that we could give anything to you? Everything we have has come from you, and we give you only what you first gave us! 15 We are here for only a moment, visitors and strangers in the land as our ancestors were before us. Our days on earth are like a passing shadow, gone so soon without a trace.” 1 Chr 29: 13-15. Motive is about the reason you are doing something. One of the expressly stated reason for David’s giving was that he realized all he had came from God! Ordination as a king came from God. God preserved his life from 3000 soldiers led by king Saul. When Saul requested for 100 heads of Philistines as a dowry for Michal and David produced 200 heads was a favour from God. Think of how you were born, your humble background, think of how privileged you are among your siblings, your classmates, your towns people, think of how you secured that great job, think of how God gave you a beautiful spouse, how God gave you miraculous children, how God relocated you from your country to another and prospered you there, think of how many narrow misses you have had from both aircrafts and automobile accidents. Before COVID-19, since 2010, under the auspices of the International Gathering of Eagles conferences I traveled to nothing less than ten nations every year - by air, how will I not know it is God that has kept me. The Yorubas say “eni ba mo inu ‘ro a mo’pe da”. If you can think you will be motivated to give thanks .
Conclusion- David said : “O Lord, the God of our ancestors Abraham, Isaac, and Israel, make your people always want to obey you. See to it that their love for you never changes.1 Chr 29:18.David knew how to give high quality and large quantity with the right motive to God. You and I can learn to obey God in that manner.
As there are physical laws that govern the universe, there are also spiritual laws that govern the universe- the law of sowing and reaping- the quality, quantity, and motive of your giving will determine your receiving now and in eternity.