All the officials and all the people brought their contributions gladly, dropping them into the chest until it was full.
–2 Corinthians 24:10

Joash reigned for 40 years over Judah. One of the central accomplishments of Joash’s rule was the reconstruction of the temple in Jerusalem. Joash had a heart to see God’s house rebuilt and so he challenged the people of Judah to give sacrificially to its repair. And the people of God really responded. They gave gladly, and more than enough money was raised to not only reconstruct the temple, but also to replace the articles of worship within the temple.

This is a good example of an Old Testament praise gathering happening near the house of the Lord. All the people – rulers, officials, and common folk – gave their gifts gladly and rejoiced.

What is the condition of our heart when we, as Christians, give our gifts to the Lord? Do we rejoice and thank God for all He has done for us? Or, do we give our gifts because it’s expected? Does God get the money leftover after we pay for groceries, bills and fun money? Or, because of our circumstances, do we think we cannot give at all? Examine your heart right now and search for your true motivation for giving. Remember, the Lord loves a cheerful heart when giving to His Kingdom’s work.


Used with permission from Sunshine Community Church, Grand Rapids, MI and The Barnabas Foundation.