Building God's House With Your Best Treasure - Part 1
TEXT: Ezra 3:6-10, Luke 7:2-5
Memory Verse: 1 Chro. 21:24 – “And king David said to Ornan, Nay; but I will verily buy it for the full price: for I will not take that which is thine for the Lord, nor offer burnt offerings without cost.”
To really understand that God is not a beggar; neither a dog nor our servant. To know that whatsoever we have belongs to God. To also know that we cannot do enough for the kingdom of God.
Nothing makes God happy like when his children take a step of faith to begin projects that glorify his name. Luke 7:2-5. A military officer in the bible days built a synagogue for God and in the day of his trouble, there was a quick intervention on his behalf. We must be a part of building the house of GOD WHEN THE NEED ARISES LIKE OUR WONDER CATHEDRAL. Presently, there is a call from above to build God a house; will you close your ears to the call. Ornan told David that he was ready to give him a land and the things required to build an altar for the Lord. Can you learn from them today? 1 Chro. 21:22-23
SACRIFICING IN BUILDING THE HOUSE OF GOD
- Many people in the time of old and even today have sacrificed so dearly to see that the house of God is built. Sacrifice is the act of giving up something valued for the sake of something else considered to be more important or worthy. 1 Chro. 21:21-30
- If we can build our own personal house, then we should not let the house of God get ridiculed as many did in the Old Testament and as many are still doing today. Haggai 1:2-11.
- When building for God, it is time to give an uncommon, excellent, unusual, rare, outstanding, and extraordinary sacrifice to show our true love for God. Zech. 6:12-15.
- When we vow for the building of God's house and pay the like God is a beggar or pay in a way in which it won’t be useful; then we are being selfish and self-centred. Are we really doing God service or are we satisfying our selfishness? Mal. 1:6-8.
BUILDING THE TEMPLE OF GOD IS THE GREATEST INVESTMENT
- During the building of the house of God; God expects his people to sacrifice so he can release uncommon blessings into their lives and families. 1 kings 6:1-38
- David said; I cannot give God what does not cost me anything. Even when Ornan offered him the LAND AND OTHER THINGS FOR SACRICE, he refused. David wanted to be a partaker of the blessings after sacrificing for the building of the Altar of the Lord. 1 Chro.21:22-26.
- God gave a specific instruction to Moses to build him a tabernacle, and prepare the priests that will serve in Exodus Chapters 25, 26 and 27, and He asked the children of Israel to bring all kinds of gifts, sacrifice and other materials to build. Exodus 35:20-35.
SACRIFICING FOR THE HOUSE OF GOD IS NOT A LOSS
- We must understand that when we sacrifice for building God’s house, he also rewards us with great blessings much more than we have given to Him. Luke 6:38
- If we really know that God is the owner of everything we have according to Psalms 24:1, then we must always think of giving him uncommon sacrifice when his house is to be built. Psalms 126:5-6
QUESTIONS ON BUILDING THE HOUSE OF GOD
- How do we sacrifice to help in building the house of God?
- What if I don’t have anything at all as a servant or student?
- Must everybody know that I want to give unto the Lord?