Leaders should set the example in giving 

Old Testament: 1Ch 29.2–5

To read the Bible in a year, read First Chronicles 28–29 on May 30, In the year of our Lord Christ 2022

By Don Ruhl 

Recently, I learned of a preacher who did not contribute into the church’s treasury, but instead bought new cars. How can he expect his congregation to give when he did not? The elders talked to him and he changed his behavior. 

When the Lord would not allow David to build a temple for the Lord, David instead made generous provisions for his son to build it: 

“Now for the house of my God I have prepared with all my might: gold for things to be made of gold, silver for things of silver, bronze for things of bronze, iron for things of iron, wood for things of wood, onyx stones, stones to be set, glistening stones of various colors, all kinds of precious stones, and marble slabs in abundance. Moreover, because I have set my affection on the house of my God, I have given to the house of my God, over and above all that I have prepared for the holy house, my own special treasure of gold and silver: three thousand talents of gold, of the gold of Ophir, and seven thousand talents of refined silver, to overlay the walls of the houses; the gold for things of gold and the silver for things of silver, and for all kinds of work to be done by the hands of craftsmen. Who then is willing to consecrate himself this day to the LORD?”

– 1 Chronicles 29.2–5 

What would David have thought if he knew of that preacher who was not giving into the treasury every first day of the week? If you are a leader, you have to lead in all phases of your life. 

David loved God and he looked for an opportunity to give as generously as he could. He never would have tried to avoid giving to the work of the Lord. 


  • Do you give every first day of the week? 
  • Do you love to give? 

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