Offering ourselves WILLINGLY to GOD
May 1 Bible Reading: 1 Chronicles Chapters 28-29
"Moreover, because I have set my affection on the house of my God, I have given to the house of my God, over and above all that I have prepared for the holy house, my own special treasure of gold and silver: Who then is willing to consecrate himself this day to the Lord?" (1 Chron. 29:3, 5)
As King David assembled all the leaders of Israel, he spoke to them all the desires that he had about the temple of God that he was planning to construct and how God did not allow him to do that task. He then spoke about how God had chosen Solomon among all his sons to be the ruler of Israel after him. However, David understood that Solomon was young and inexperienced, and the work in building the temple was great and needed everyone’s support (1 Chron. 29:1). David then explained about all the treasures that he had kept aside for building the temple, and challenged the leaders and all people to offer willingly to God. What really happened after King David issued the challenge to the leaders and the people of Israel?
- Everyone offered willingly their treasures to the work of God (v. 6-8).
- After giving so willingly, everyone (including King David) rejoiced because they were able to offer so willingly to God from a loyal heart. (v. 9)
- David blessed the God of Israel who gave them riches, honor and strength to do such a task (v. 10-12)
- David thanked God out of a humble heart as God allowed them to give Him out of what God had already given them (v. 13-14)
- David acknowledged that they were pilgrims on the earth and that their life was a shadow that would soon disappear (v. 15)
Let us understand clearly that God gives us blessings and then tests us to see if we are able to offer willingly to God. God is the true owner of everything we possess. All of heaven and earth belongs to God (1 Chron. 29:11). Even our bodies belong to God (1 Cor. 6:19-20), and God has given us all things to enjoy in this life (1 Tim. 6:17).
Let us offer our bodies as living sacrifices to God so that we become a sweet smelling aroma to God as we obey Apostle Paul’s pleading: "I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service." (Romans 12:1).