And they received from Moses all the freewill offerings that the Israelites had brought for doing the work on the sanctuary. They still kept bringing him freewill offerings every morning, so that all the artisans who were doing every sort of task on the sanctuary came, each from the task being performed, and said to Moses, “The people are bringing much more than enough for doing the work that the Lord has commanded us to do.” So Moses gave command, and word was proclaimed throughout the camp: “No man or woman is to make anything else as an offering for the sanctuary.” So the people were restrained from bringing; for what they had already brought was more than enough to do all the work. Exodus 36:3-7
As I prepare for this season of giving my offering to the church, this year I will prepare simply by spending more time with God through prayer and meditation. The text reminds us that giving our offering/pledges does not flow from our abundance, but rather from our devotion to God. God is letting me see and understand that my gifts to God’s work – money, visions, sermons, prayers, etc. flow out of my devotion to God.
The Children of Israel were committed to giving offerings for the building of the sanctuary because they loved God. As they gave of themselves to God, God gave them wisdom and stirred their hearts for the work they were given to do.
I am learning in this season of my life, that the best I have to give flows from my devotion to God. Likewise, the more we give of ourselves to God out of love for God, the more God pours God’s Spirit in to us. It is out of God’s overflow of love toward us that we are inspired to give our best to God. When each of us gives his or her best to God, the offering will be more than enough for the work Gods has assigned to us.
Heavenly Father, During this Campaign Season, may we be so devoted to you that we never lose sight of You, and in doing so, we know that you will never lose sight of us. In Jesus’ name, Amen!
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