Background: The book of Chronicles was written to encourage God’s people who had been exiled to Babylon and were wondering if God was still for them. This section of Chronicles describes King David’s last words to his people before he died and how they responded with freewill offerings in order to build God’s temple.
Ask the children…
After King David shared his heart regarding building the temple to honor God and provide a place to worship, he asked the people to contribute to the temple, how did the people respond?
“Then the family leaders, the leaders of the tribes of Israel, the generals and captains of the army,[c] and the king’s administrative officers all gave willingly.” (1 Chronicles 22:9)
And what was their heart response to this freewill giving?
“The people rejoiced over the offerings, for they had given freely and wholeheartedly to the Lord, and King David was filled with joy.” (1 Chronicles 29:9)
God has always intended our giving to be of our own freewill in recognition that everthing we have comes from His hand and out of a heart of gratitude.
Ask the children how they feel when they give? Ask them if they give freely? Talk about where the resources come for your family. It is God who provides work and income and the skills to do that work. If they don’t already have one, make a plan with your children to set aside resources to give to the Lord and then practice taking those resources to your church or some other area of need and rejoice as you give it.
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