Guest Blog written by: Charley Goode
Giving. Greed. Selfishness. Covet. These are all words that came to my mind today when I read 1 Chronicles 29:14-19. “But me—who am I, and who are these people, that we should presume to be giving something to you?” I love how David stays so humble throughout all of his songs. He really had a servant’s heart. So, when he says “who am I, and who are we?”, that just me shows that he really sees God as someone so much stronger than him and he seems willing for God’s authority. He then goes to say that everything comes from God. So he’s saying that it’s a pleasure and a gift to be able to give to God. However, we aren’t really giving him something that’s really ours because, it’s been his all the time. God blesses us with money, food, shelter, etc. These things are his and as sure as he gave them, he can take them away. So, I think he’s calling us to use our blessings and our gifts for good not just for our good but for others too. If we kept this ideal throughout our everyday lives, we really would grow in our faith. We are called to be servants. Let’s face it, we are not God. We don’t get praise. We don’t get glory. God does. As servants, we need to be willing to sacrifice it all for our Lord because, at the end of the day everything we own, is his anyway. David then goes on to such a powerful statement “we are foreigners and strangers in your sight, as were all our ancestors. Our days on earth are like a shadow, without hope” does that not make your heart and head sink a little bit? We are so lost from God that our days on earth have no hope… It makes me happy when I read this now because, before I knew Christ, I knew that hopeless. I had no hope for my future or for myself but, now I live sheltered under the glorious light of Jesus Christ.
My friends, run from the shadows. Run into the light. And give, give to the one who supplies it all. Do it all because, he cares for you. Do it all because, he loves you.