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A Dedication Celebration Sermon Blog Day 4

Nehemiah 12:44-47

         And at the same time some were appointed over the rooms of the storehouse for the offerings, the firstfruits, and the tithes, to gather into them from the fields of the cities the portions specified by the Law for the priests and Levites; for Judah rejoiced over the priests and Levites who ministered. Both the singers and the gatekeepers kept the charge of their God and the charge of the purification, according to the command of David and Solomon his son. For in the days of David and Asaph of old there were chiefs of the singers, and songs of praise and thanksgiving to God. In the days of Zerubbabel and in the days of Nehemiah all Israel gave the portions for the singers and the gatekeepers, a portion for each day. They also consecrated holy things for the Levites, and the Levites consecrated them for the children of Aaron. 

           The provision here is an offering given by God’s people that will go toward maintaining the spiritual leadership of the temple.  The singers and gatekeepers would give their lives and ministries toward the lifting of praise and worship in an ongoing basis. The worshipers of God in this context had generous giving as a part of their worship. In fact, no true worshiper is not also a true giver. 

          If you find that you are not consistently and intentionally setting a portion of your income to giving back to the work of God, then you are not truly a worshiper. Real worshipers will also be givers to support the work of God. 

 Final Thoughts 

          A project accomplished by God’s people is a project dedicated to the praise and glory of God. God’s people, in order to truly celebrate and dedicate what God has done, can have lives that express this reality.  

          Author Leo Buscaglia was a professor at USC in California, and he wrote multiple books on love and motivation. He was one of the most popular speakers on PBS much of his life. He taught that hugs were critical for human success, and that 5/day for survival, 8/day for maintenance, 12/day for growth. 

          He often told a story about his mother and their “misery dinner.” It was the night after his father came home and said it looked as if he would have to go into bankruptcy because his partner had absconded with their firm’s funds. His mother went out and sold some jewelry to buy food for a sumptuous feast. Other members of the family scolded her for it. But she told them that “the time for joy is now, when we need it most, not next week.” Her courageous act rallied the family.  

          Beginning with a relationship with God through Jesus Christ, may you be a child of God who knows of celebrating and dedicating daily victories to Christ!