Daily Devotional: Monday, January 3 - Cheerful Giving

“For where your treasure is, there you heart will be also.” — Matthew 6:21

Georgia has lots of trees. We have approximately 15 billion trees, according to recent estimates. Georgia is the No. 1 timber producer in the country. Also, tree planting or tree farming is a major industry. Thousands of seedlings are planted every year. In some cases, a longleaf pine tree lives 300 years or more. If we plant a tree today, we are passing down wealth to our grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.

When King David ruled Israel, the people used altars and a portable Tabernacle to worship God, but David wanted to build a permanent place for people to worship the Lord. Though God did not allow David to oversee the building, David gathered materials for his son, Solomon, and future generations to enjoy a special place to honor God. “[David] provided a large amount of iron to make nails for the doors of the gateways and for the fittings, and more bronze than could be weighed. He also provided more cedar logs than could be counted, for the Sidonians and Tyrians had brought large numbers of them to David” (1 Chronicles 22:3-4).

Presently, we enjoy nice church buildings with regular times for worship, fellowship and outreach. These blessings continue as long as dedicated people support them. Paul labored much in churches and wrote helpful letters to churches when he could not be present. “Although I hope to come to you soon, I am writing you these instructions so that, if I am delayed, you will know how people ought to conduct themselves in God’s household, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and foundation of the truth” (1 Timothy 3:14-15).

When we experience job losses or health crises, the Lord understands if we cannot give to the Lord’s work. However, it should be our heart’s desire to make sure the name of Jesus is spoken around the world for many generations to come. It is more important for our grandchildren to hear about Jesus than anything else. “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also” (Matthew 6:21).

— Bill Kent, Pastor of Memorial Baptist Church, Sylvania, Georgia

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