The Freedom of Giving – Sanctified Giving

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Then Hezekiah said, ‘You have now dedicated yourselves to the Lord. Come and bring sacrifices and thank offerings to the temple of the Lord.’ So the assembly brought sacrifices and thank offerings, and all whose hearts were willing brought burnt offerings. – 2 Chronicles 29:31
In the previous verses, King Hezekiah leads the people into a process of cleansing and sanctification because of their disobedience. They accomplished this by both physically and spiritually removing the ‘filth’ from the temple as well as from their own lives. Only after this process was completed were the priests and Israelites ready to present their sacrifice and thank offerings to the Lord. This procedure is necessary for each of us as well. At that point, we become ready to present our offerings to God in complete freedom and with a clean heart and mind.
These particular offerings were not part of a legalistic mandate. The people gave from the heart out of their own free will. Hezekiah’s appeal is so effective that ‘the priests were too few and could not skin all the burnt offerings…’(v. 34). When the people were confronted with their need for personal sacrifice, the response was overwhelming. They gave generously, sacrificially, and cheerfully.
After their relationship with God had been restored, ‘Hezekiah and all the people rejoiced because of what God had done for the people…’(v. 36). Each of us has a similar opportunity to worship God with our sacrifices from the heart. Only then will true rejoicing and renewal take place.

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