What enables you to worship God through the giving of your time, talent and treasure with true joy? Why would you joyfully give yourself away for the kingdom of God? There never seems to be enough time, talent or treasure to go around anyway. So why would you joyfully give these things away instead of keeping it to yourself?
In Ecclesiastes 5:19 – 20 Solomon says…
Everyone also to whom God has given wealth and possessions and power to enjoy them, and to accept his lot and rejoice in his toil – this is the gift of God. For he will not much remember the days of his life because God keeps him occupied with joy in his heart.
Solomon was a man who understood true joy. He knew that everything we do and everything we gain on this Earth is like a passing ship in the dark of night. It’s fleeting. It will not last. We will not remember our wealth or our possessions or our accomplishments or even the days of our lives.
While these things are good gifts from our Father in Heaven, the best gift that produces lasting joy is the gift of God himself to poor, broken, lonely humans. The power to enjoy Earthly substance comes from the presence of God himself for there is no true joy apart from the presence of God.
Apart from the presence of God our Earthly substances are purposeless adds-ons to a life without purpose. But God himself wants to occupy our hearts. He wants to fill our hearts with his presence and evacuate the love for Earthly substances. He wants to become the one and only, all-encompassing source of joy for our lives.
As he evacuates our hearts of the love of Earthly things he fills us with a new love for him whereby we can truly enjoy the things of this Earth to his glory alone. The time, the talent and the treasure that you have will never satisfy you apart from the presence of the giver of all good things.
When you come into relationship with our Heavenly Father your heart will be occupied for all of eternity with the lasting joy of his presence. This is what enables you to worship God through the giving of your time, your talent and your treasure.