And they spake unto Moses, saying, The people bring much more than enough for the service of the work, which the Lord commanded to make (Ex. 36:5).
When the construction on the Tabernacle began, the Lord instructed Moses to ask for donations from the Israelites for the building materials. And Moses spake unto all the congregation of the children of Israel, saying, This is the thing which the Lord commanded, saying, Take ye from among you an offering unto the Lord: whosoever is of a willing heart, let him bring it, an offering of the Lord; gold, and silver, and brass (35:4-5). God did not place a price on the materials and tell Moses to buy them from the people, nor did He command each individual to contribute a set amount. He simply let the needs be known, and requested that each person give only what he or she felt led to give. This approach was wildly successful. In short order, all the needed materials had been gathered. In fact, so much was donated that Moses was compelled to turn some away. And Moses gave commandment, and they caused it to be proclaimed throughout the camp, saying, Let neither man nor woman make any more work for the offering of the sanctuary. So the people were restrained from bringing (36:6). In this way, the Tabernacle was completed through the humble generosity of the people, with all of the glory going to God.
Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver (II Cor. 9:7). A cheerful giver gives because he or she wants to, with no strings attached. Each gives because of a love of God and a love of their fellow man, never looking to get anything in return. Many today, however, appear to have forgotten the true meaning of the words "give freely." When we donate time or money to a cause, we go out of our way to make sure we are recognized for it. We are much more likely to give if we have an audience or if we will receive public recognition, such as our name posted as a donor for all to see. We crave the honor and glory for ourselves, not for God.
When we donate to the furthering of God's kingdom, we need to do so without strings attached. After all, we are only giving back a small portion of what God has provided for us in the first place! The offerings should be made in His name, not our own, and they should be made with gladness and great rejoicing because of the blessings we have received. Only by making our offerings in this manner will we truly find favor in the eyes of God.
Take heed that ye do not your alms before men, to be seen of them: otherwise ye have no reward of your Father which is in heaven. Therefore when thou doest thine alms, do not sound a trumpet before thee, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may have glory of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward. But when thou doest alms, let not thy left hand know what thy right hand doeth: That thine alms may be in secret: and thy Father which seeth in secret Himself shall reward thee openly (Matt. 6:1-4).
Thought for Today:
When we have a desire to do the will of God, the Holy Spirit enlightens our understanding as we read the Word of God. He enables us to live according to His Word.
Through the Candlestick (Ex. 35:14). Christ is The Light of the world (John 1:6-9; 8:12; 9:5; compare Luke 1:78-79).
35:10 wise hearted = craftsman with a heart for the Lord; 35:32 curious = skillful.
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Romans 12: 1 - 7
Romans 12: 1
I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.
And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith.
For as we have many members in one body, and all members have not the same office:
So we, being many, are one body in Christ, and every one members one of another.
Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, whether prophecy, let us prophesy according to the proportion of faith;
Or ministry, let us wait on our ministering: or he that teacheth, on teaching;