Exodus 35:4-5, 20-29 ESV
“Moses said to all the congregation of the people of Israel, “This is the thing that the Lord has commanded. Take from among you a contribution to the Lord. Whoever is of a generous heart, let him bring the Lord ’s contribution: gold, silver, and bronze;
Then all the congregation of the people of Israel departed from the presence of Moses. And they came, everyone whose heart stirred him, and everyone whose spirit moved him, and brought the Lord ’s contribution to be used for the tent of meeting, and for all its service, and for the holy garments. So they came, both men and women. All who were of a willing heart brought brooches and earrings and signet rings and armlets, all sorts of gold objects, every man dedicating an offering of gold to the Lord. And every one who possessed blue or purple or scarlet yarns or fine linen or goats’ hair or tanned rams’ skins or goatskins brought them. Everyone who could make a contribution of silver or bronze brought it as the Lord ’s contribution. And every one who possessed acacia wood of any use in the work brought it. And every skillful woman spun with her hands, and they all brought what they had spun in blue and purple and scarlet yarns and fine twined linen. All the women whose hearts stirred them to use their skill spun the goats’ hair. And the leaders brought onyx stones and stones to be set, for the ephod and for the breastpiece, and spices and oil for the light, and for the anointing oil, and for the fragrant incense. All the men and women, the people of Israel, whose heart moved them to bring anything for the work that the Lord had commanded by Moses to be done brought it as a freewill offering to the Lord.”
When Moses approached the Israelites to step up and give towards the making of the tabernacle, the people of God responded with generosity and eagerness! Those with gold, silver, fabric, metal, acacia wood gave generously! Even those with talents were stirred and served passionately in weaving and making of the tabernacle and clothing. The work of God must be done by willing hearts! The spirit of the Lord was touching hearts to give towards the things of God. Let us learn to give towards kingdom matters. Do not be a miser towards God’s Kingdom. Let your heart be stirred to give with a willing heart today!
1) Let your hearts be stirred!
The scriptures repeated a few times that the hearts of the people were stirred and they gave generously. Let our hearts be stirred into the things of God! Let there be a stirring inside us to give towards what God has put on our hearts. That doesn’t mean blind giving. God does not want us to give blindly or unwisely. Learn to give as the Lord leads. There are needs everywhere, sow into the right place and wait upon God for the right way.
2) Use your skills and talents!
Be willing to use your skills and talents to serve in the house of God. All the women whose hearts were stirred use their gifts to make garments and canvases for the tabernacle. Be willing to use your skills and talents for the purpose of God. When you are talented or gifted, you will either be used by the world or by God. Let God use you and be willing to commit fully towards the Mission of God.
3) Give as a free will offering to the Lord!
Let what you give become an offering of worship to God. The people were stirred because they knew that what they were offering was going to the tabernacle. Let all that you offer become a delightful worship to God. Do not become calculative but be willing to sow into the work of the Kingdom. God is no man’s debtor, He will reward those who earnestly seek Him.
Lord, thank you for reminding me that I need a willing heart in order to give and to serve. Without that, it is difficult to keep going. While there is a limit to what I can do, there is always something I can do.
Lord, teach me to see where You are leading and give as my heart is stirred and moved. Let me sow into the right place as you lead us into the nations. Bless my brothers and sisters to have willing hearts to serve!
Christopher Ho was formerly a FES(Fellowship of Evangelical Students) staff-worker and has been involved with campus ministries ever since he graduated from Singapore Polytechnic in 1995. He serves as a children and youth pastor in our Chinese congregation. Married with three children, he is passionate about reaching and discipling young people both locally and overseas.