Daily Meditations Published by IT Fellowship of North America & Europe Diocese of Mar Thoma Church
Word for the day by Christian Education Forum
Christian Stewardship 1 Chronicles 29:1-9 v:9 The people rejoiced at the willing response of their leaders, for they had given freely and wholeheartedly to the Lord. David the king also rejoiced greatly.
As a young child I have grown up watching and listening to my parents start their day in prayer praising God for health, job, family, children etc. The list goes on and somewhere down the line I got into the habit of starting my prayer in the same manner.
When we hear the word “Stewardship,” most of us probably think it is about money. Christian Stewardship is not just only about money but rather our attitudes that should ultimately result in praise to our God. It is about looking at all the awesome things that God does in our lives and praising Him in everything. Christian Stewardship is all about reflecting God’s love back to him by giving Him our best. As the King of Israel, David had built an amazing palace for himself but then it hit him one day that he wanted to build a proper place for the ark of the Lord - a temple that would say just how awesome God had been to his people.
God came to David and said: “It is a great idea for you to build me a church, but you are not the one who is going to do it.” That was a big disappointment for David. God reminded David that his assignment was that of a conqueror and that his son, Solomon, would build the temple but God allowed David to gather the materials together for this temple. David accepted this task from God and started his work.
As we read through our passage, we see how David gave his best resources for building the temple. But David did not stop there. He then asked the people: “Now, who is willing to consecrate himself today to the Lord?” Literally, he was asking the people to “fill God’s hand,” to give to God their all and the people did. (v: 7) The numbers are staggering.
Yet, what is even more amazing is how David and the nation of Israel stepped out in faith. They did this wholeheartedly, with “their hearts at perfect peace” with God. This all was done with “willing” hearts. Both David and the people “rejoiced greatly” as they saw what happened. They saw God work in the hearts of people.
Father God, we thank you for everything we have, help us to realize what our assignments are and give you our best every day. Amen.
Thought for the day Are our hearts at peace today as we are called to give our best?
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