Receiving an offering!
Scripture reading for January 31st: Exodus 35-40
Exodus 25:1 “The Lord said to Moses, “Speak to the people of Israel, that they take for Me a contribution. From every man whose heart moves him you shall receive the contribution for Me.””
The Lord told Moses to have the Israelites bring Him an offering. He wanted those who were willing to give as their heart prompted them. Moses’ job was to receive the offering from the people and use it for God’s intended purpose, the tabernacle.
Some people feel that when they give, they give to the pastor or to the church. They feel that money is mundane. At other times they don’t understand why the church needs money and find ways to justify not giving any themselves. God’s heart is that we become willing givers. He is the original Giver and sets an example for us that is hard to beat. Everything we have has come from His hand! He sends rain for the earth and crops. His gracious giving is hard to understand, considering how unfaithful and wasteful we can be.
Jesus taught that our giving was a prerequisite for determining God’s measure back to us. “Give and it shall be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.” (Luke 6:38) When we are stingy with our giving, we set limits on how much God can give back to us. We open God’s hand when we open our hand and pocketbook. These people in Exodus willingly gave a huge amount of gold, silver, bronze, oil and cloth. They also freely gave of their time and talents to make what was needed for God’s house! They gave so willingly and freely that Moses had to tell them to stop! (Exodus 36:6)
Has God ever asked you to give resources to Him? What is your heart-attitude towards giving in general? Have you ever heard of a pastor asking the people to stop giving?
Exodus 36:6-8 “So Moses gave command, and word was proclaimed throughout the camp, “Let no man or woman do anything more for the contribution for the sanctuary.” So the people were restrained from bringing, for the material they had was sufficient to do all the work, and more.”