1Chronicles 29:3 Moreover, because I have set my affection to the house of my God, I have of mine own proper good, of gold and silver, which I have given to the house of my God, over and above all that I have prepared for the holy house,
David got everything ready for the construction of the temple that his son later completed. I love this verse and want you to meditate on it with me. Notice that David “set” his affection to the house of God.
Set is a verb that indicates action, on purpose. He chose where to put his love. We find that same verb used in Colossians 3:2. It is in imperative form. It says that you are to set your affection on things above. I question you as to where you have chosen to set your affection!
Notice this is not a natural thing. It is a choice. You decide what to love. You decide what to think about. Set your affection. Place your affection.
David makes a simple declaration, “I have set my affection!” Have you?
When David set his affection it affected his giving. You give to God’s work and to the building of His temple or His kingdom because you are in love. You have decided to do so. You have set your affection.
I fear too many of God’s people are waiting on an emotion. Emotions can never carry you through any real commitments. If you decide the emotions will come and they will go but you will do what you have decided to do. If you wait on emotions you will be up and down and in and out and never really committed.
I got married over 35 years ago. I set my affections on my wife Betty. Commitment and decision are what have made the difference in our marriage. The emotions have hit all ranges. We have had wonderful days and horrible days. We have hurt and cried and we have loved and laughed. But that did not affect our decision. On August 18, 1973 we both set our affection on each other.
Now comes the question, when will you decide to set your affection on things above? When you fall in love with God and His work? When will you make a decision based on knowing that it is what God wants you to do?
Too many Christians are very haphazard in the way they serve God because they live on emotions. Do you have this problem? Do you give when you feel it? Do you attend church when you feel it? Do you love God when you feel religious or have you made a decision that will carry you through the good and the bad.
Emotional decisions are not for the great of heart and faith. Decisions based on the promises and commands of God are for the mature. Where are you in your spiritual life?
What have you set your affection on?