With an open mouth there are things which we declare as being so. May we therefore be true of how we speak. However, it has been noted that actions speak louder than words. As tightfistedness may declare miserliness, selfishness, or a lack of caring, the generosity of our giving declares something as well. Beginning today — and then over the next three days — let us consider at least four things our hands open to giving reveal about our focus.
When David was collecting offerings for the future building of the temple — the work his son Solomon would undertake — he acknowledged the true source of possessions where we read. . .
“(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. (15) For we are strangers before you and sojourners, as all our fathers were. Our days on the earth are like a shadow, and there is no abiding. (16) O Lord our God, all this abundance that we have provided for building you a house for your holy name comes from your hand and is all your own.” (1 Chronicles 29:14-16 ESV)
Should this not be our acknowledgment today? Do we duly recognize God as the source of all life’s blessings and that our giving back to Him is only from that which He has given?
Remember in one of David’s psalms he had also declared. . .
“(1) The earth is the Lord’s and the fullness thereof, the world and those who dwell therein,” (Psalm 24:1 ESV)
In the acknowledgment that all belongs to God anyway — even our own selves (especially so in Christ, 1 Corinthians 6:19-20) — it is in this acknowledgment we can freely give with a cheerful heart (note 2 Corinthians 9:7) since our generosity would be prompted by a response of thanksgiving to the Giver of all good things. As freely as we have received from God, let us freely give to His glory and praise. May our open hand clearly declare the Divine Source of life’s blessings!
Have a great day OF RESPONSIVE GIVING!