Living a Life of Giving

Jason Silver | Pastor and Author

giving-image2 Samuel 24:18-25
On that day the prophet Gad went to David and said to him, “Go up and build an altar to the LORD on the threshing floor of Araunah the Jebusite.” 19 So David went up, as the LORD had commanded through Gad. 20 When Araunah looked and saw the king and his men coming toward him, he went out and bowed down before the king with his face to the ground.

21 Araunah said, “Why has my lord the king come to his servant?” “To buy your threshing floor,” David answered, “so I can build an altar to the LORD, that the plague on the people may be stopped.”

22 Araunah said to David, “Let my lord the king take whatever pleases him and offer it up. Here are oxen for the burnt offering, and here are threshing sledges and ox yokes for the wood. 23 O king, Araunah gives all this to the king.” Araunah also said to him, “May the LORD your God accept you.” 24 But the king replied to Araunah, “No, I insist on paying you for it. I will not sacrifice to the LORD my God burnt offerings that cost me nothing.”

So David bought the threshing floor and the oxen and paid fifty shekels of silver for them. 25 David built an altar to the LORD there and sacrificed burnt offerings and fellowship offerings.

John 12:1-8
Six days before the Passover, Jesus arrived at Bethany, where Lazarus lived, whom Jesus had raised from the dead. 2 Here a dinner was given in Jesus’ honour. Martha served, while Lazarus was among those reclining at the table with him. 3 Then Mary took about a pint of pure nard, an expensive perfume; she poured it on Jesus’ feet and wiped his feet with her hair. And the house was filled with the fragrance of the perfume.

4 But one of his disciples, Judas Iscariot, who was later to betray him, objected, 5 “Why wasn’t this perfume sold and the money given to the poor? It was worth a year’s wages.” 6 He did not say this because he cared about the poor but because he was a thief; as keeper of the money bag, he used to help himself to what was put into it.

7 “Leave her alone,” Jesus replied. “[It was intended] that she should save this perfume for the day of my burial. 8 You will always have the poor among you, but you will not always have me.”

Notice that both David and Mary offered gifts that had monetary value attached to them? Even Mary did not offer the Lord something that cost her nothing as was apparent to everyone in that home thanks to Judas pointing it out.

I find it interesting to note, that not long after this took place, Satan entered Judas’ heart to betray Jesus for 30 pieces of silver. It’s estimated that the 30 pieces of silver today, would be worth around $950. Doesn’t sound like much but According to the Professional Coin Grading Service of America, “The value of 30 of these coins was significant at that time. Such a sum likely would have completely purchased a small farm or provided one with at least a year’s wages.”

The scripture says “The love of money is the root of all evil.”  How could Satan enter Judas’ heart? Because Judas provided him the foothold, the root of all evil, the love of money. So what am I saying?  I believe with all my heart that living a life of giving, is a God given safeguard, fully able to keep any root of evil from ever getting its place in our hearts. I need to settle in my heart, that I would far rather give up 30 pieces of silver for Jesus, than to give up Jesus for 30 pieces of silver.

Let me ask you a question…

How many here can think of something they would like to see change in the Church today?

You know I’ve grown up in the Church, and there’s one thing I would love to see change and it is this: That our times of giving would be marked with the same, or greater enthusiasm, as are our times of praise and worship in song. Far too often I’ve watched lively and vibrant assemblies turn solemn at the very mention of money. I don’t know about you, but I’d like to see that change… wouldn’t you?

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