But who am I, and who are my people, that we make such voluntary offerings as these? For all things come from You, and from Your own hand we are giving to You. 1 Chronicles 29:14
“All things in heaven and on earth, O Lord, are Yours. I long to give myself to You as a voluntary offering to remain forever Yours. With a sincere heart I offer myself this day to You, O Lord, to Your eternal service, to Your homage, and as a sacrifice of everlasting praise. Receive me with this holy offering of Your precious body which also I make to You this day, in the presence of angels invisibly attending, for my salvation and that of all Your people.”
Thomas à Kempis (1380-1471) in The Imitation of Christ (Wheaton, IL: Christian Classics Ethereal Library, 1998) 168.
Voluntary giving appears as an expression on the lips of David in today’s Scripture.
I am convinced that voluntary giving reflects the heart of God like no other giving because it models His love toward us. As I explore this idea in Scripture this week, I am struck by the fact that it flows from a sincere heart and reflects sacrifice for the giver.
God give us hearts that cherish you above all else so that our giving is voluntary like yours. Amen.