1 Chronicles 29:14. 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.
David took up an offering to build the temple before he died. One thing about that offering was that people offered willing, and not just willingly, but “so” willingly. They really wanted to make David’s dream of building a house of God come true. They had a heart for it. It was a service to God in their eyes. Because of this, David was humbled by the fact that God had enabled them to make this temple, and had prospered them with material wealth so that it could happen. David also said, “what is my people.” The nation of Israel was really nobody before the Lord found them.
We need to be thankful for the opportunities the Lord gives us to give for His service. Building the house of God was a service to God. David took it seriously and so did the people of God. David realized that anything they gave back to the Lord for the house of God was just giving back what God had already given them. It was of God’s own treasure that they gave back to the Lord. It was not their own. We have been bought with the precious blood of Christ. Anything we give back to God is not our own. It is God’s.
God enabled the children of Israel to give so willingly. He made it easy for them to give because he had prospered them so much. It should be easy to give $100,000.00 when you have a million dollars. Unfortunately, that is often not how it works. Most giving is done by the people who have the least. God will use what he has enabled us to give. He can make five loaves and two fishes turn into enough to feed a crowd. When talking about faith promise missions, Bro. Homer Smith used to say, “if you are willing, God is able”. We need to have a willing heart like the Israelites and trust God to supply. It all comes from God in the first place.