February 17, 2019
SCRIPTURE: 1 Chronicles 29

1 And David the king said to all the assembly, “Solomon my son, who alone God has chosen, is you and inexperienced and the work is great, for the palace will not be for man but for the LORD God. 2a So I have provided for the house of my God, so far as I was able…3 Moreover, in addition to all that I have provided for the holy house, I have a treasure of my own of gold and silver, and because of my devotion to the house of my God I give it to the house of my God

5b Who then will offer willingly, consecrating himself today to the LORD?” 6 Then the leaders of fathers’ houses made their freewill offerings, as did also the leaders of the tribes, the commanders of thousands and of hundreds, and the officers over the king’s work.

9 Then the people rejoiced because they had given willingly, for with a whole heart they had offered freely to the LORD. David the king also rejoiced greatly.

14 “But who am I, and what is my people, that we should be able thus to offer willingly? For all things come from you, and of your own have we given you. 15 For we are strangers before you and sojourners, as all our fathers were. Our days on the earth are like a shadow, and there is no abiding. 16 O LORD our God, all this abundance that we have provided for building you a house for your holy name comes from your hand and is all your own.

– 1 CHRONICLES 29:1-2a, 3, 5b-6, 9, 14-16

    1. My “1 Chronicles 29 Moment” with my dad – how he taught me the shape of sacrificial stewardship on a cold February morning in north-central Indiana: “What will you do?”
    2. The PURPOSE of Commitment: 1 Chronicles 29:1 – What we do, what we rise to build, is not for man but for God. Everything in our life is for the Glory of God. The entire Christian faith and life is shaped by sacrificial love: Christ and his death; the Christian and our life (Romans 12:1-2)
    3. The PRICE of Commitment: 1 Chronicles 29:3 – David took his personal security and put it at God’s service. The treasure that secured his future was not more important to him than the future building of God’s House.
    4. The PROVISION for Commitment: 1 Chronicles 29:14-16 – We give only what God has first given to us. All we have and have to offer is a stewardship we hold in trust for the good of the true owner, God himself.
    5. The PERMANENCE of the Commitment: 1 Chronicles 29:17-18 – David prayed that this kind of giving would be perpetual in the lives of God’s people. C3 hasn’t had this kind of focused giving in twenty years. It is healthy to do so and be reminded of Biblical stewardship and sacrificial giving.
    6. Just as Israel’s leaders responded, so have the C3 officers, staff, and volunteers: over $3m has already been committed to this work from that relatively small group of people. That’s amazing! It also leaves lots of room for ALL of us to step in with our commitments.
    7. Pastoral Counsel for arriving at a Commitment
      – Pray and Discuss
      – Come to Agreement
      – Make it an Act of Sacrifice: this is over and above our regular giving (Israel never constructed buildings with tithes but with special offerings)
      – The wealthy should be moved by Scripture and Spirit – 1 Timothy 6
      – Be rich in generosity and ready to share
      – There are those who might give $1000 over three years – and they’d feel that as a sacrifice. Is this true of us all, whatever we give? The spirit of the person giving $1000 should be the same in those giving more. That’s what honors Jesus because while the gifts aren’t equal as people count numbers, the sacrifice can be equal as God counts our offerings.
    8. We love our church and we love her mission. The love that brought Christ to give his life for us is the same love that inspires us as his people to seek the glory of God and the fulfilling of the great commission in the next generation.