1 Chronicles 29:14 "But who am I, and what is my people, that we should be able thus to offer willingly? For all things come from you, and of your own have we given you. 15 For we are strangers before you and sojourners, as all our fathers were. Our days on the earth are like a shadow, and there is no abiding.
David was gathering assets and precious gems to build and decorate a glorious temple for God to dwell within. He contributed much of his personal wealth and many Israelites pitched in from their personal savings. The actual construction took place during his son, Solomon's, life. David had the right perspective on wealth. He saw it as having come from God to begin with...so he was only returning his fortune to the One who had made it available to him. And so it is even today...when we give of our earthly wealth back to build the Kingdom of God we are only returning what God gave to us to take care of for a while. After all, as the passage above says, "Our days on the earth are like a shadow, and there is no abiding"...or in modern talk: "You can't take it with you!"
How amazing that our temporary lives here provide opportunities to build the eternal kingdom. We have seen how brief life really is...even David, with all his accomplishments and power could only start the process of building the Temple for his son to finish the work. What a privilege to participate...this is the great work and even though "Our days on the earth are like a shadow, and there is no abiding", we can use what God gives us to expand the kingdom that abides forever!
"Death is inevitable. Life is a choice!"
Jesus said to her, "I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live."