13 Feb 2018
A Willing Heart
Exodus 35:4-5 says:
“…‘This is the thing which the Lord commanded, saying: “Take from among you an offering to the Lord. Whoever is of a willing heart, let him bring it as an offering to the Lord: gold, silver, and bronze.”’”
God outlined what would be needed for every part of the tabernacle: the furniture, carrying parts, priests’ garments and even the lighting. He left nothing out of His plan.
Exodus 35:21 says:
“Then everyone came whose heart was stirred and everyone whose spirit was willing, and they brought the Lord’s offering for the work of the tabernacle of meeting, for all its service and for the holy garments.”
This verse especially speaks to me of the work of God in our lives, and the gradual change that happens to us when we wholeheartedly follow Jesus. God doesn’t force us to follow Him. He is not a hard taskmaster.
Exodus 35:30-31 shows that God sees us as individuals, and that each of us matters to Him. Moses told the people:
“…‘See the Lord has called by name a man named Bezalel…And He has filled him with the Spirit of God, in wisdom and understanding, in knowledge and all manner of workmanship.”
God also called a man named Aholiab, who was gifted in engraving and tapestry. Bezalel and Aholiab were men of stature and skill, anointed by God for service. They were not preachers or teachers of the word. God had chosen the right men with the appropriate skills to complete the task in hand.
Pause and reflect: The children of Israel gave until there was an abundance. We read in 2 Corinthians 8:1-4 that the Church in Macedonia was moved to give out of lack, not bounty. May we be similarly generous, so that the Church is not restricted in its mission by a lack of finances.