July 14 “Giving & the weight of your heart” & LINKUP

giving heart

God doesn’t want us to give grudgingly or of necessity, but giving is a good indicator of our hearts.

Today’s Readings:
2 Chronicles 23 & 24
Psalm 83.9-18
Proverbs 21.2-3
Acts 18.1-28

2 Chronicles 23 & 24:

Separation of church and state?

We hear a lot about separation of church and state, which by the way is not even in our Constitution. But did you notice who God used to preserve the last heir to the Davidic throne? It was the high priest, Jehoiada, who was not afraid to get involved in civil matters like who should be king (ch. 23).

Giving generously

Then in chapter 24 we see the king commanding that an offering be taken up to support the work of God (v. 9). Look how the people responded in verses 10-11:

10 Then all the leaders and all the people rejoiced, brought their contributions, and put them into the chest until all had given. 11 So it was, at that time, when the chest was brought to the king’s official by the hand of the Levites, and when they saw that there was much money, that the king’s scribe and the high priest’s officer came and emptied the chest, and took it and returned it to its place. Thus they did day by day, and gathered money in abundance. Continue reading