By Tony Tench

The church where our daughter and her family serve the Lord have a phrase they use each week in the children’s classes. They point the kids to the day’s “need to know” — it’s the focal point of the daily lesson from the Bible. So, over these few years we have often heard Erin and Matt ask our granddaughter while leaving church or later that Sunday afternoon, “Mattie, what was your ‘need to know’?”

Over the past three weeks in our FBC Sunday School classes, we have been studying lessons from Scripture highlighted by Randy Alcorn’s book, The Treasure Principle. And, I am wondering what those of you in classes have taken away as your “need to know!” Please feel free to write me with those and to keep talking about them in your classes.

For me, there is a great passage of Scripture that represents a “need to know” summary of the truths and lessons we have been discussing these past weeks as we have considered how to be obedient to the Lord with our time, talent, and treasures.

The passage is 1 Chronicles 29:11-19 and it describes King David’s prayer response to the gifts that the people of Israel brought in for the building of the temple. You’ll remember that David had a vision for building a temple for the LORD but that he would not be the one to build it. Even so, before his death and turning the building project over to his son Solomon, David did the preparation by calling on the people to bring in their gifts to be used for temple construction. And, did they ever bring in the gifts! (1 Chron. 29:1-10)

“Need to Know”

I see in David’s prayer our “Need to Know” about dealing with the treasures that we possess!

So, what is our “need to know” about our treasures. It’s really pretty simple and this passage concludes with it very obviously:

Then David said to the whole assembly, ‘Praise the LORD your God.’ So they all praised the LORD, the God of their fathers; they bowed low and fell prostrate before the LORD and their king.”

1 Chronicles 29:20

There’s the “need to know” — submission of our lives into the hands of God. That’s what discipleship is about. That’s what commitment is about. And, generosity is one of the ways we live out our submission to the God who has loved us so completely in Jesus!