Bible Verse: Exodus 25:1-2
1 And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying,
2 Speak unto the children of Israel, that they bring me an offering: of every man that giveth it willingly with his heart ye shall take my offering.
Giving is natural for some, and harder for others. It’s not easy giving when it seems that everything around us is seeking to manipulate, steal, deceive, and rob us. Those of us that are givers face the fear of being taken for granted while others are cautious to the point of anxiety and fear! Both sides of the spectrum have validity to some degree…..but the common denominator is the heart.
Giving to God is prompted from a heart full of faith. A “willing” heart. God will not force, or badger us to give to Him, but He asks us….NOT that God is in need, but God wants to INCLUDE us…in His plans for greater. His plan called the Will of God!
In our Bible Study God sought to dwell with Israel by way of a contact point called the Tabernacle or habitation. He wanted to live there! But in order for Him to live there, items were needed to construct this house. Wood, gold, stones, brass, skins, linen, etc. But He had no intentions on TAKING from Israel. He asked Moses to find those that wanted to give from a place in there heart called willing. To PRESENT what they had for His plan.
A willing heart will always be a place where God can dwell. What we present to Him from the place of willingness, He can use for His Glory.
Father, Thank You for Your willingness exemplified by Your Son Jesus Christ. Who took on the sins of the world, and even forsook His own will for Yours. Thank You for such a display of Your Heart towards us. We ask that You would heal our hearts and help us, to become willing and open to Your plans. You’re doing great things….and we don’t want to miss you! We want You to live in us, get comfortable in our hearts…..so that can experience Your communion. Let us be more willing to give to You.
In Jesus Name, Amen.
Min. A. Ward
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