13 Feb 2018

A Willing Heart

by Averil Willis

Start by reading…Exodus 35:10 - 36:38Matthew 27:32-66Psalm 34:1-10Proverbs 9:7-8

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.

Averil Willis
Averil Willis

Averil is a follower of Jesus, and is passionate about prayer and discipleship. She has completed Victory Academy and is an active part of Victory Church. She brings a wealth of God’s love and a testimony of God's faithfulness to the body of Christ.

Your thoughts & prayers

  • Marian Matthews-nee Mackay

    Welcome to the team Averil. A great devotional on another really interesting passage of Scripture. I love how God chooses people according to their natural gifts of crafting in the various ways. It is easy to imagine that preachers and teachers have more importance than those with the practical skills, or servant hearts to clean and look after our buiildings where we meet, but in God’s sight all are of equal importance, and this is how the body of Christ works best. Certainly those who had skills in engraving and tapestry etc., were very gifted and able to produce some excellent workmanship.

    And 2 Corinthians 8:1-4 certainly does show us that God loves a willing heart and a cheerful giver. And giving can be of our time, our finances, our natural gifts as well as our spiritual gifts and a mix of them all as we see in the Scripture you have chosen to write about. Every kind of gift is valuable and able to be used in the work of the Kingdom when we offer it to God. This enables everyone to give, even when they have little in terms of finance and can only offer the widow’s mite. There is a saying that time is worth money, and when people willingly give of their time it is of great value. This means that there is no excuse for any of us not to give generously in whatever ways we can.

    Tony and I love it when we arrive at church on a Sunday morning and find our Hope guys on the gate and in the car park, helping everyone to park well so that no car is trapped in. They are the first faces we see, and their smiles and cheerfulness make us feel so welcome, thus preparing us for the worship and word to be brought that day. We can each have our part to play Some give their time in writing for Bible in a Year, whilst others enjoy reading and learning more about the Word of God. There would be little point in preparing our devotionals if we didn’t have our dilgent followers who encourage us and make it all worthwhile. I love sharing, reading and discovering the wonderful word of God together.

  • Annie Brown

    Welcome Averill. There used to be (maybe still is) a school of thought that believed the Old Testament was not at all relevant to anyone. How wrong can they be? The messages that infiltrate its pages still apply today, they are still vital and alive. Whatever talent or gift God has given us can only grow and develop as it is used, effectively given away. Being extravagantly generous, not because we have to be but because this is how God treats us, brings such joy and blessing to our hearts. We do not give to get, this can never be our motive. Therefore we step into the instruction from Jesus Himself to do all we do in secret, if we don’t we will have received our reward, there will be nothing more. Our willing heart includes being willing to keep our deeds secret, that way we open the door for God to shower His love and blessing upon us. We are so blessed.

  • Terry Leaman

    I love the verses you’ve taken Averil, “Then everyone whose heart was stirred and whose spirit was willing gave to the Lord their offering”. I pray that the people of God learn to give and see God’s prosperity in their lives. I feel we have lost that vision, that we are SUPPOSED to be prosperous and in health even as our soul prospers. When we support the gospel vision, we prosper in so many ways. We’re aligning ourselves with God’s ways, we’re BOUND to prosper. God forbid we should preach against prosperity as some have done. The first word God spoke over Adam and Eve was “Be fruitful, Multiply, Replenish”. Those are eternal words spoken over our lineage. Our hearts need to be willing and stirred to give to God’s work so that the church might multiply and be fruitful.

    We need to give as you say UNTIL THERES ABUNDANCE. Great word. Thank you.