How many times has God touched your heart to give and you noticed your hand clutching your money/time/ability/resources even tighter? God has spoken directly to my heart many times about giving something I had in order to further the work He is doing. There have been times when that has happened that I must sadly admit to you, I have resisted giving. I have found that some of the most blessed times in my life were the times that I gave without holding more tightly that which God touched my heart to give. We human beings sometimes get the wrong idea about the things we possess. We think that somehow we have earned these on our own, and that God has no right to them. Nothing could be further from the truth – there is not one blessing we have today that was not given to us by our Heavenly Father. There is not one good thing in our life that was produced without the help of God in our lives.
Today I finished up reading the book of I Chronicles. In this last chapter King David made two statements in two verses that brought me back into reality. He has just finished gathering the necessary supplies for his son to build the temple. He tells of the generosity of the people, and the blessing it was for him to give personally to the project. He then says … “But who am I, and what is my people, that we should be able to offer so willingly after this sort? For all things come of Thee, and of Thine own have we given Thee.” “O LORD our God, all this store that we have prepared to build Thee a house for Thine holy name cometh of Thine hand, and is all Thine own” (I Chronicles 29:14, 16). David got it! He realized that even those things he gave back to God had originally been given to him by God. He had nothing to give God but that which God had blessed him to give from the beginning. Don’t become too selfish with the things God has given you. Don’t hold so tightly to your planned time schedule for today that you will not allow God the opportunity to give you “holy interruptions.” God may have a very special meeting planned for you to help someone else; someone that is not in “your” schedule. There may be an opportunity for you to give some money to a cause that will result in people being saved. There may be the chance for you to sacrifice your lunch break to reach a brother/sister in need that everyone else has overlooked. What you have (that you treasure) has been given to you … it’s not your property. It has been loaned to you for the use of the King of all kings. Serve Him with an open heart and an open hand today! What you have … He gave you to use for His glory!
“The only things we keep permanently are those we give away.” – Unknown