January 31, 2017
"The people are bringing more than enough for doing the work the LORD commanded to be done." Then Moses gave an order and they sent this word throughout the camp: "No man or woman is to make anything else as an offering for the sanctuary." And so the people were restrained from bringing more, because what they already had was more than enough to do all the work. Exodus 36:5-7
"Stop giving! We have too much money already. We don't even know how we are going to use the funds we have. So from now on, we are not going to pass the plates. Cancel your online giving. And please, no special gifts. We have more than enough to do all the work God has for us to do."
Have you heard that from your pastor lately ... or ever? I promise you have never heard that from me. But here in Exodus, as the people "continued to bring freewill offerings morning after morning" to build the tabernacle and its furnishings, the builders said, "Enough!" And the people were "restrained from bringing more."
What a response to God! What generosity! Remember these were "freewill offerings" the people were bringing. They were giving voluntarily from a heart of worship in response to God's amazing love and grace. How are you doing with your freewill offerings?
Father, remind us that all things belong to You. All things we have are a gift from You. Help us to use Your gifts in a way that honors You. Help us to do so with grateful and generous hearts of worship. In Jesus' name. Amen.