1 Chronicles 18-19

King David dedicated all these gifts to the Lord, along with the silver and gold he had taken from the other nations—from Edom, Moab, Ammon, Philistia, and Amalek.”

God makes David and his army successful in battle, and he is lavished in gifts because of it. David turns around and dedicates these gives to the Lord. 

I imagine maybe a prayer was said? Maybe he displayed them in the temple? I’m not sure. Either way, it got me thinking about what it looks like for me to dedicate the gifts in my life to the Lord. 

My husband and I are remodeling our kitchen. We bought a very affordable house and reserved money to completely gut and rebuild the kitchen. We both love food. My husband’s an excellent cook and a master at fancy meals, and I like to bake treats and eat previously mentioned fancy meals. We both love to host and get to know people over hot food. Is there anything better? (I recommend the book A Jesus Meal for more on this topic.) Neither of us have ever remodeled anything before, or really had a say in what our kitchen looks like. It’s so fun. Picking out our ideal appliances, colors and countertops, we feel spoiled and indulgent. Having the resources to do such a thing is a gift. It’s humbling to invest in the appearance of your home when you’re living in the south. We are regularly reminded that a storm could level your house completely. (The locals maybe don’t worry about this as much as me.) 

I want to dedicate this gift back to the Lord. I imagine this means not finding contentment in a brand new kitchen, as God despises idols in our life. It means giving this space back to the Lord: using it to serve my family, washing dishes, cleaning up messes, preparing food. It means being hospitable. Which doesn’t mean dinner parties with friends. It means being ready to sacrifice my space and extend generosity always. When the house is messy. When I’m tired. When I don’t like, or know, the people in my house. When the grocery budget is tight. My prayer for this beautiful gift is that I would constantly keep it in perspective. It’s just a house, and our space belongs to the Lord. 

What’s a gift in your life he’s given you? How can you dedicate it back to him? 


-Carly 

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