July 06, 2020

Joyful Giving

Numbers 7:1-17

When the altar was anointed, the leaders brought their offerings for its dedication and presented them before the altar.

—  Numbers 7:10

What kind of giving pleases God? In this passage, the Israelites brought offerings to the Lord as the tabernacle was dedicated. How did they give, and what do we learn about giving that honors God?

First, everyone gave. This is a long passage that describes what each tribe brought to the tabernacle, and you might notice that each tribe brought the same gifts. Each tribe shared in kingdom giving. That’s important. Whether we have much or little, God wants all of us to give. Second, we are to give generously. The gifts from each tribe were lavish and large. What we give may not be the same from person to person, but is it generous? Are we sacrificial in our giving?

Generous giving flows from the heart dedicated to God. Israel’s giving was joyful. It flowed from their appreciation of God’s goodness to them. Their offerings came after the announcement of God’s gracious blessings in Numbers 6.

In the same way, our giving flows from our appreciation for the grace of God shown to us through Jesus Christ, who has saved us from sin and gives us new, abundant life with God. Grace creates givers.

What can you give to God and his kingdom? Whatever it is, do it with joy.

O God, you have given us full life in Christ. May our giving flow from a heart of faith and love. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

About the author — Tom Groelsema

Tom Groelsema and his wife, Sheri, have served churches in Minnesota, Michigan, and North Carolina. They have four children and three granddaughters.

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