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Give to God what is rightfully His (1 Chronicles 29:14)

1 Chronicles 29:14

“But who am I, and what is my people, that we should be able thus to offer willingly? For all things come from you, and of your own have we given you.

These passages are part of King David’s final prayer of thanksgiving preceding the building of the temple. David ensured that everything is in order before Solomon can begin construction of the temple. 

David understood the truth that everything we have comes from God. Likewise, we need to realize that our prosperity and all that we have is His. Whatever we hold on to right now is temporary, and the Lord has entrusted it to our hands; therefore, we should use it for His glory. When we do this, then we become faithful servants of Christ. Luke 7:10 says “So you also, when you have done all that you were commanded, say, ‘We are unworthy servants; we have only done what was our duty.” 

There is nothing we have given to God except what He has given to us. Romans 11:35 says “Or who has first given to Him And it shall be repaid to him?” We need to understand that God is the source, the means, and the goal of all things.

Just as King David prayed the words in 1 Chronicle 29:14 preceding the building of the temple, let it be our cry to God our Father in heaven. news

Firstly, offer love to Him. Our relationship with Him is founded on His love for us first. 1 John 4:19 says “We love because he first loved us.” So understand that when you love God, it is not a love conceived naturally of yourself. Instead, it is a love that originates from the Father, manifested through His Son and through which you love God in return. Again, the love through which we love is not our own, we return His own love and in turn love Him with the gift of His love. 

Secondly, give God the glory that is due to His Name. If you are born again in Jesus Christ, then you are no longer your own but His. And if you are His, then you must completely surrender your life to Him. Revelation 4:10b-11 says “…They cast their crowns before the throne, saying “Worthy are you, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honour and power, for you created all things, and by your will they existed and were created.” 

In this passage you see the twenty-four elders falling down, relinquishing their crowns at the feet of Him who alone is “worthy” of all glory and honour and power because He alone is the source of every created thing. Likewise, give your all to Christ and worship Him. Worship Him in your words and your deeds.

Thirdly, give back to God “service”. God has given you various gifts through which you can serve Him. 1 Peter 4:10 says “As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace:” Use your gifts to serve others and also to administer the grace of God. 2 Corinthians 5:20 tells us that we are ambassadors of Christ, which means the very words we speak and the actions we do, must be a representation of Christ.

In conclusion, remember that God is the source of all that you have and we must be good stewards of everything He has blessed us with. Right from loving Him, serving Him and representing Him, offering to God what is rightfully His.

God bless.

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