“3 Besides, in my devotion to the temple of my God I now give my personal treasures of gold and silver for the temple of my God, over and above everything I have provided for this holy temple: 4 three thousand talents[b] of gold (gold of Ophir) and seven thousand talents of refined silver, for the overlaying of the walls of the buildings, 5 for the gold work and the silver work, and for all the work to be done by the craftsmen. Now, who is willing to consecrate themselves to the Lord today?” -1 Chronicles 29:3-5
Every church and nonprofit needs money to operate. However, the methods used vary greatly. What is the best way to raise funding for the needs of God’s work?
In David’s example of asking the people for funds to build the temple, the matter was personal. He began his fundraising by revealing his personal commitment and generosity to the project. He was a prime example of asking others what he himself was willing to give.
Next, David challenged his closest leaders to commit to giving to the work. Rather than asking every individual, he began with family leaders, knowing there are certain influencers who should be challenged to give more than others.
Third, David and the people rejoiced at the giving that resulted. We often forget this last part. We give and ask others to give, then simply move on to the next project. Yet God desires for us to rejoice and give him praise when he provides. This is true whether we are raising money for a project or celebrating our daily bread.
God not only has the ability to provide for the needs of our outreach; he also provides powerful principles for involving ourselves, others, and God in the process.
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Dillon Burroughs is the author and coauthor of numerous books and is handwriting a copy of all 31,173 verses of the Bible at HolyWritProject.com. Find out more about Dillon at Facebook.com/readdB or readdB.com.