Being born again as we know involves a change of life. A change of life starts with the change of mind and of heart. The change also shifts the attention from us to the father and his son, for their glory and not for our own satisfaction. It surpasses going to church and having knowledge of the scriptures and it requires the internal and external action of giving. Giving is how this all began: God gave light, God gave life, God gave his son, and his son gave us life. Knowing this, as his children we must follow suit by also giving our lives. Giving is a selfless gesture that denies our wants, uplifts God’s desire, and in turn blesses us continually if we continue to give. This selfless gesture calls us to be blinded of what we think is best for us and subjected to the will of God which includes helping others and actively participating in kingdom work.
I Chronicles chapter 29 show how a selfless gesture can in turn bless us. The chapter opens up with David asking the congregation to sow into the building of the temple. Verse 1 states: “For the palace is not for man, but for the Lord God.” This verse shows how David from the beginning focused on how it wasn’t about them but about God. Verse 2 goes on to talk about how David gave his personal fortunes towards the construction of the temple, which shows the selfless gesture. He gave his best gold, his best silver, his best brass, for whatever was needed for the temple, all to uplift God’s desire for the temple to be built. Verse 3 says: “Moreover because I have set my affection to the house of my God, I have of mine own proper good, of gold and silver, which I have given to the house of my God, over and above all that I have prepared for the holy house”. This verse shows that if we give selflessly, that in turn we will be blessed with what we need. Later on in the chapter David invites the people to give and the people offered willingly and according to verse 9, the people rejoiced because they offered willingly and they had great joy. Verse 9 shows how giving makes you feel good, it gives you joy to do something good. An example I could give is I participating in my church’s outreach ministry. Initially I never was one who would go out and deliver the dinners that were made, but to see the elderly happy to see me and appreciative of what dinners I gave them did something to me in return. It encouraged me and made me want to keep delivering the dinners even on the next go round next month you know? Giving actually gives to you as strange as that sounds, the hand is opened to receive without us even realizing. Verse 17 states: “I know also, my God that thou triest the heart, and hast pleasure in uprightness. As for me, in the uprightness of mine heart I have willingly offered all these things: and now have I seen with joy thy people, which are present here, to offer willingly unto thee.” Giving is one of God’s ways of trying our hearts to see who we really are and to perhaps reveal to us where we may need to improve. God takes pleasure when we give because the kingdom seeks to give to those who are in natural, spiritual, or even financial need to show the love that he has for humanity. Walking away from this assignment of expounding on giving, I pray that I, that we, take the concept we have gotten here and use it as a tool to help others build up God’s Kingdom.