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April 2, 2020 9:00 am
Life with Jeannie Greer you will you nothing but close in your body. The house you live in yours.
Those talents are not yours. You have nothing that you own all is a trust from God, you would see that changes everything that is in the question becomes if it all belongs to God what he gives you formal what you want to do is always were so glad to have you with our Bibles to first Chronicles chapter 29 today as we study the life of King David. Already in the series seen Israel selfishly wanted a king not to glorify God, but to calm their own fears and give themselves a sense of national identity among neighboring tribes for that same reason. David took a census and because of it. God brought judgment on the whole nation in today's message were continuing our study by looking at David's response to God's judgment. Pastor JD titled this message a life responding to the gospel that there are two different conclusions to the life of David in the Bible and in that way there. Like many of my own sermons which have one conclusion of the development and that we did. Conclusion one last week and this week we're going to do. Conclusion number two. This will be our final message here in our study of the life of King David. The search for a king serious. Sometimes there something that happens toward the end of somebody's life but just sums up wraps up 3 PB as their life just in one quick see sometimes it happens you were the last word. The last scene, maybe even a gravestone epithet what today what you see is a scene from the life of King David, wraps up and summarizes his whole whole life in one picture now. It's when you last week that the writers of second Samuel and first Chronicles both choose a different event to summarize the life of David case that confuses you, your little unfamiliar with the Bible. There are some books of the Old Testament that are written as parallel accounts of the same events first Chronicles 2nd Samuel are a couple of those books so you have two different kind of angles on the life of David. So they choose two different best to summarize David's wife. However however both of them. Both of them have is David's last final act.
David responding with an offering to God's lavish mercy in his life. Second sable which we study last week after God stop the plague. David buys the field were God shown mercy and David dedicates that piece of ground as the place for the building of the future temp. What's interesting is that when David goes to the guy who owns the field guiding are not to purchase the field and us is that things like a middle were not paying me for this, it would be my honor to just give this to you for the temple and David's response back to him. Second, single, 24, 24, is this is no, I will purchase it from you at full price because I would not give to the Lord that which cost me nothing would stay the same.
God has been so generous to me. Show me so much grace I want to do something that shows my love for God for him in return. I want to give him a secondhand recycled gift will be in the first Chronicles which we study today.
David takes up an offering for the building of that temple. And then he prays a prayer that is and how well it epitomizes David's life philosophy of life that stands amazed by God's grace for him. Life just collaborate to respond to God's of you have your Bible, what you take it out and what you know but at the first Chronicles chapter 29. Let me summarize the first part of the story for you. David says to the people of Israel.
He said you're the one thing always wanted to do in my life that God did not let me do what I wanted to build a temple for God's presence could well place where we could offer sacrifices for sin, but God told me that because my life had been characterized by so many mistakes and because been characterized by shedding so much blood. God told me not to build the temple, but that he would have my son build the temple. Many says, but as the leader is the leader what we can do now. Even though we can build a stable is we can take up an offering to collect everything for him when it comes time for him to build that simple to have everything we need. Everything needs to.
David leaves off and not offering by giving verse four 3000 talents of gold and 7000 pounds of silver scholars say that in today's terms, that was about $5 billion that David gave scholars say this is probably David's entire personal treasury. In other words David did not give out of his treasuries. David David treasuries this sacrificial gift would have led to a significant lifestyle change date with the people respond after this he David's generosity may respond when their own generosity.
By the time it's all said and done they got stuff flowing out everywhere for this temple right. This offer was huge. It represents a significant part of the national economy and livelihood redirected in the ministry and so Solomon, David's son would be able to build this temple. All cash and no debts now is awesome is that is what is important here. Most important is not the amount they took you what is most important was the hearts of the people that went into this offering. David expresses their hearts in a prayer and I will walk you through this prayer because it shows you the internal workings of a gospel saturated gospel driven hearts begin reading the first Chronicles 29 nine and the people it's says that they rejoice because they given willingly for the whole hearts. By the way, in Hebrew that is literally shalom hearted shalom each piece with a peaceful heart with a heart brimming with peace and joy.
It offered freely to the Lord. There was peace and joy and freedom and are doing what they used to do to depend on money for they have found Allie God so they can be generous with her money ever free heart about their money because they no longer looked at the do what God could do much better than money could burst him. David can also rejoice. Therefore David blessed the Lord in the presence of all the assembly.
David said verse 11. Yours, O Lord. Yours is the greatness of the power and the glory of the victory of the Majesty over sky always battles always battles we want all of David and Goliath that Bell started without all of them. Your power and your grace, not ours. Everything we have is a nation everything we become what you delivered us out of Egypt when we were slaves you took as you made us a nation. You gave us your present everything we have that is worthy of anything is been a gift that comes from your hand.
All that is in the heavens.
Verse 11 and in the earth is yours.
Yours is the king of the Lord, and you are exalted as head, above all, not me. Verse 12 in your hand or power and might have in your hand it is to make great in the district all this is awesome what David is amazed by right here is not the people. Generosity.
What David is amazed by the greatness of God. There generosity to people's generosity. David says is merely a response to God's generosity and God's greatness. Verse 14 but when I David says what is my people, that we should be able to thus offer willingly.
David acutely aware of how much grace God has shown to him. To these people for all things come from you have your own we give it to you and give you anything that was actually ours all we did was return some of what you gave to us back to you. Verse 15 for we are strangers before you with sojourners is all our fathers were holidays in the earth like a shadow and there is no abiding in other words, this is your world.
We bring anything into this world. When I take anything out everything is a gift from your hammer 16 the Lord our God, all this abundance that we have provided for building your house or your holy name come from your hand and is all your own.
Verse 17 and now I see your people who are present here, offering freely and joyously to you oh Lord, the God of Abraham, Isaac and his raw father keep forever such purposes and thoughts in the hearts of your people. In other words, God, this is what I'm asking for is my final act as king would you keep the spirit alive in our people, would you keep their hearts always, always recognizing and acknowledging how much grace that you showed them which you show them how dependent they are on you to supply their needs. How everything comes from you, and you show them how nothing matters except for you and your kingdom and direct the hearts of your people. Verse 18, towards you. Verse 19 grants of Solomon my son Solomon my son a whole heart that he may keep your commandments your testimonies and your statutes performing all that he may build the palace, the place for you to dwell for which I am now making provision God. What I once on the eve of my death here.
The thing I most desires for my children and my children's children to follow and know the God of grace that I verse 20 then David said, all the assembly bless the Lord your God and all the assembly bless the Lord, the God of their fathers in the bow their heads and they paid homage to the Lord. Verse 22 and then they ate and drank. I got jiggy with it before the Lord on that day with great gladness and now my friends here is the official end of our story of David, the official passing of the baton and so they made Solomon the son of David King and they anointed him sprints before the Lord and David quietly passes off the sea and he died shortly thereafter is what I want to do to give you three elements from that prayer that undergird David's life philosophy three things that summarize these three things I believe should also summarize your life philosophy. These are the three core components of the gospel centered life. All three at once.
Retyping people like and I were going to break down one at a time. Okay number one everything we have comes from God to be in verse 14, number two, we are the recipients of great grace. That's verse 12, number three this life is just a shadow.
The kingdom of God is forever reimbursed 50 okay one at a time.
Number one. Everything we have comes from God. Verse 14 David said all things come from you. They all come from your hand.
Your power that means two things to David that means first of all, God owns it all and secondly that he's the one to whom we look to provide what we need in the future. He owns all know that is a revolutionary truth. Nothing you have long you nothing but closing your body, not yours.
That house you live in, not yours. That second house you have, not yours. I'm not against second house by the way, I hope you have one. I hope you would like me to come and save thousands.
I'm okay. I hope you have one, but the point is, it's not yours. Those talents are not yours.
Nothing you have belongs to you. Not a penny you have something that you own. You truly have possession of it all is a trust from God to you and see that changes everything that is in the question, becomes it all belongs to God. Wanted to give it to you for what you want you to do it.
So the question becomes if you realize that there are some you may object that you got iron everything really jarring with your talent were to get those you can't tell me if you were born a homeless kid on the streets of India with AIDS life would've turned out the same for you.
Probably not. I'm saying probably have a lot more this been given to you than you realize. And Davis is hopefully all the comes from God and because it all comes from God. Our question is now what you give it to us for what you want to do it. The Bible teaches, there are multiple reasons why God gives us the things that he gives us one the reasons he gives us money is to provide for our needs like a father with the child. God gives you money to provide for your needs. Another reason he gives us money is so that we can have some enjoyment in life person to be 616 says that God has given us richly all things to enjoy means that God is glorified as you delight in certain things on earth loves it when you love the meals you eat. He loves it when you like to close that you where loves it when you enjoy yourself on vacation is like a ray of sunshine that shines on your face that warms it that you look back up along the rate worship the sun from which it comes, God gives you some of the money like a father gives to a child because you want you to enjoy life. He gives you some of the money he gives you. Second is eight says share with the poor. Integrity is eight says that God gives to some of us a little more than we need, because there are others who don't have as much as they need and so God will give the eyes with the expectation that we take some of the extra that we have been given and we share with those you don't have anything of theirs that much less than us right with the whole point I'm making here is he owns it all.
Nothing you have truly belongs to you. Nothing. Not watching your are not yours necklace around her neck, not yours. Nothing you have lost your Bible actually gives you a very clear test to see if you understand this principle of very clear test that he gives you to see go to Sam's for as we notice all the time the tide from the very beginning of the Bible, God has prescribed that his people return a tie 10% of what he's given to them back to him. It is a test to see if we will acknowledge that everything we have comes from God and that he is the one responsible to provide in the future.
Some people say that you like to afford that. That's actually kind of the point, God tells you to give to him, even when you feel like you can afford it because he takes that is your statement of trust that you trust in him to provide your needs and are not looking to only yourself not realize soon as offer, this I know we all love each other on the yellow major pastor I love you okay but I noticed some euro soon as something that you try to get our money are you trying to do no, you give it somewhere else, that's fine. If this is an obstacle for you right now if you feel like I'm saying all this is a ploy to try to get your money you give it somewhere else. You don't give it to the churchyard with the church of a backrub, no, we got enough people of this church who believe in the mission of the church that were doing just fine. We will do just fine and we don't need your money okay so this bothers you. You give it somewhere else. The issue is not our church budget, the issue is whether or not you actually ever learn to trust God as a part of a much bigger issue for you and that is have you ever learn to acknowledge that everything you have come from God at all belongs to him and you can even trust God in this one area C. What is that mean about the ways that you trust the rest of your life. This is a trust issue is her second principle, the data gave as recipients of great grace.
We respond with each generosity. Verse 11 and 12. David insisted if you say the same government. David insisted on paying full price for the field, not given to God that would cost them nothing see a heart that is been touched by God's grace wants to has to respond. Jesus wants sitting in a house of Simon the Pharisee as he sitting there woman comes in, burst into tears begin to wash Jesus be with her tears and dry his feet with her hair.
Now, lest you think that was just something they did back then that culture no okay that was awkward then as it would be now if in the middle of the church service. Someone came up here for quite on my shoes and started wiping them off with her head. It would just be awkward for all of us. This is a very awkward moment and everybody starts whispering about Jesus says don't you say a word to her because awkward, though it is this woman get something that you don't get this woman has an acute sense. Jesus said of my forgiveness of her and made a great statement. Those who have been forgiven much love much and the reason you are not moved to lavish generosity.
Simon the Pharisee is because you have no concept of what God is actually forgiven you off because an experience lesson of God's grace always produces a grateful heart in response and that means that if you are not freely and joyfully and peaceably generous.
What you don't need to hear from me is a bunch of sermons about being generous.
That's not what I'm trying to do right here not try to be like an obit that works one time. I just want offer enough know what I'm going for you have a problem with the generosity of spirit.
That's because you have no real taste of God's generosity to you what you got takes the generosity to produce generosity in response to a scalable and flow right if you filled balloon with your breath it will float real estate on the grounds of only keeping the heirs to smack it hit and so it stays up. That's a really good metaphor for mine and some of your relationship right you start to cut up no float down spiritually or your kinda sagging and my role is for you to come in her stunning house not use art as I can so Mike Rice money out of you were always doing are you being generous in the next week or float back down here your sagging spiritually and I preach on reading your Bible prey survival level. You know you cannot talk about sharing Christ and that's our relationship and that's what we don't get along okay you sack spiritually smashed. There's another way is the whole of the way for a balloon float and that is what healing inside of it and it flows on its own. See the way the gospel produces generosity is not by commands to be generous. The gospel fundamentally reshapes and restructures your heart to the generosity is not what you do. Generosity is what you are and generosity is not something you need to be commanded to do. Generosity is naturally he was breathing because you have tasted the generosity of God and if you have a concept of that naturally you look for places that you can be extraordinarily generous with God and with others.
It just flows out of you as naturally as breathing. Those people who are not moved generosity and no concept of God's generosity to them. In fact, Jesus said in Luke 18.
This is the thing that reveals that many who sit in churches and call themselves Christians are not really saved because people have really been say that the concept of God's unmerited grace and lavish generosity and they can't help but be generous and return so that means if you're like Simon the Pharisee doesn't really understand, has a dreadful feeling about those kinds of active generosity.
It means you're probably more the religion lesson of the gospel because Pharisees never understood generosity, but people who understand the forgiveness have always understood generosity in response the generosity of God number 33 here's 1/3 component dislikes temporary, the kingdom of God is forever dislikes temporary, the kingdom of God forever is verse 15 David says our data like a shadow fighting for us. David now on the eve of his death start to see life a little differently but not always happen when you start to see things from eternal perspective, it changes everything that you see what we have to ask when we see our live from the center of eternity is what you doing and what you invest in your life and now that last forever. What are you doing now and what are you investing your life in now that will last forever. If this life is temporary and eternity is forever the most valuable thing on earth is the next generation coming in, or Jesus. David sees that's why David's thoughts turn toward his son and his son sons and the generations of his life there in front of me says this point.
What matters most. My family this generation company or the God of grace like I have, because in eternity. That's really winning the matters but my grandmother passed away sitting beside that casket of my grandmother, my three dollars and tell you in that moment the only thing my mind is with a little glimpse of eternity is the thing I want most is when they get there. They're prepared to meet God and they leverage their life so that they've invested in turn by some of you here like kids right time invest in my kids okay point is, is not kids. The point is the perspective of eternity.
You see, listen, every person in every nation and everyone who is been saved by Jesus enters eternity with him and those do not perish apart from every person in every nation in the world. The most important question that will ever be asked of them is when you live in the light of that knowledge. I'm telling you your life asked Jeannie Greer helping us in answer questions that matter here on Summit life. Today's message is titled a life responding to the gospel and it comes from a teaching series on the life of David called search for a king note an interesting time in America right now and as we look toward the general election in our country's next leader. It's important that we keep our eyes focused and searching for archery King as we interact with others in fact are getting this month actually book about politics and now that all of our listeners, but I'm not super big into politics. So be honest with me. Janie will actually benefit from this resource. Most Christians I know really want to relate their faith, the politics, but many still know how.
Not sure where to start. That's one of the reasons I find this book so helpful is because it shows you what is it look like to be a follower of Jesus who engages in politics.
It avoids the two extremes, which is politics is everything. Politics is nothing right were citizens of the kingdom that that is not of this world and ultimately our arcane RC's are our ultimate president is going to be Jesus. We may be very passionate in it, but we understand that it's not the ultimate thing, and that the gospel is a greater reality and the gospel is a greater agenda in any political party and earth is going to be able to fully represent. That's why I'm excited about this book. I think it will benefit you and show you how you can engage in politics is a follower of Jesus. If you reach out to us and JD were.com just as a thank you for partnering with us in the ministry would love to give you one nation under God for American politics and you give a donation today, $25 just call 8665 20 never again, eight 665-5220 easily online. Jeannie Greer.com now tomorrow so really don't want Molly that's inviting you to join us again right here on Friday night I Jeannie Greer minutes