April 2, 2009
“Who then will offer willingly, consecrating himself today to the LORD?”
--1 Chronicles 29:5b
Today’s verse is a question King David asked his people and it’s a question I want to ask you today.
Will you consecrate, will you dedicate yourself, to the Lord when it comes to giving to God’s Kingdom work?
“Now, Pastor,” you may say, “I just can’t afford to give to my church. I just can’t afford to support a missionary or Christian organization right now.”
Well, you know, I know it may feel this way. It may feel like you’re too strapped to give to God’s work. And I know that there are people who find themselves in an emergency situation financially right now.
But if I could, I’d like to make a case as to why now is the time… perhaps more than in recent memory… for you and me to dig deep to contribute towards Kingdom work in our world.
Because of the state of our economy, almost every person in this nation and in hundreds of nations around the world has been impacted financially. Some have lost jobs. Some have seen pay cuts. Some have seen their retirement account plummet. Every person I talk to these days seems to be affected in some way by the economy!
People are experiencing fear and uncertainty on a level that perhaps they never have before. And as a result, people are more open than ever to the gospel. They realized they’ve based their hope on something that’s fleeting… like a job, a stock portfolio, whatever. And they’re looking for something more, something that really lasts!
That’s why you and I must be more determined than ever to make sure these people can hear the Good News of the gospel. We can’t cut back now. We can’t scale back, not when there’s a hunger for truth like there is now.
So I’ll ask the question again that King David posed to the people of Israel: “Who then will offer willingly, consecrating himself today to the LORD?” Will you?
It’s my prayer that you will see the need in our world today, and willingly say, “Yes!”
WE MUST BE MORE DETERMINED THAN EVER TO MAKE SURE PEOPLE CAN HEAR THE GOOD NEWS OF THE GOSPEL.
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