Give with Gratitude
Today’s Reading: Exodus 35
Key Verse: Exodus 35:5
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…
It’s a commentary on human nature that God sets the highest standards and speaks of severe judgment to encourage us to rise to His standards. To my knowledge, no one was executed for not keeping the Sabbath. Rather than laboring under the letter of the Law, the people gladly gave of their resources and their skills in work. This was the spirit of the Law in action. Three times in this chapter we read the words “a willing heart.” In every project God lays on the hearts of His leaders, there is always the burden of raising finances and materials. God, in His wisdom, gave instructions through Moses that only those with a “willing heart” were to give to His work. God’s Tabernacle was not built by stingy people. The people showed their gratitude for all God had done by giving sacrificially. The result was the joy and blessing of God.
PRAYER FOR TODAY:
Dear Lord, the starting point of my journey with You is to give my entire self to You. Therefore, all that I have in my possession is Yours. I ask myself not how much should I give, but how much may I use of Your resources for my shelter, my food, my transportation, etc. Thank You for the fact that You, Jesus, said, “My sheep know My voice.” I’m listening Lord. I pray now for grace to obey. In Jesus’ Name, Amen!
100 PERSONAL WORDS:
I’m so glad that the Council of Jerusalem put only a small portion of the laws of Moses on the non-Jewish believers in Jesus (Acts 15:20). Sabbath keeping is not in that list. Of course other laws about murder, adultery, etc. are repeated by Jesus and the Apostles as binding on us. I was in attendance at a congregation some time back where the offering was announced and the people all clapped and rejoiced. Great! I’m well aware that the Scripture says, “So let each one give as he purposes in his heart, not grudgingly or of necessity; for God loves a cheerful giver” (2 Cor. 9:7). I love to give and I am loved by God. I remember when I was a student in the Peterborough Bible College, an old man came in and began giving out $10 bills to the students. I laugh with joy at the remembrance. There was a whole lot of love present that day.