“Then Moses called Bezalel and Aholiab, and every gifted artisan in whose heart the Lord had put wisdom, everyone whose heart was stirred, to come and do the work. And they received from Moses all the offering which the children of Israel had brought for the work of the service of making the sanctuary. So they continued bringing to him freewill offerings every morning. Then all the craftsmen who were doing all the work of the sanctuary came, each from the work he was doing, and they spoke to Moses, saying, “The people bring much more than enough for the service of the work which the Lord commanded us to do.” So Moses gave a commandment, and they caused it to be proclaimed throughout the camp, saying, “Let neither man nor woman do any more work for the offering of the sanctuary.” And the people were restrained from bringing, for the material they had was sufficient for all the work to be done—indeed too much.”
Exodus 36:2-7 NKJV
In the typical church in America, about twenty five percent of the people do all of the work of ministry. Whenever there is an event, the familiar face appear, ever smiling and more than willing to do the work of the Lord.
I remember my days back in my mother church, especially the period between services. The people who only came for the main event, raced for the exits as soon as the “amen” hit their ears. They had met their “obligation” and filled their holiness tanks for rest of the week.
It is often difficult to find people willing to serve. Even harder, those who give.
I was deeply moved as I read of the account of the artisans setting about the building of the Tabernacle. The people brought in all the materials and provided the precious metals for it’s construction. They gave of themselves, giving with no limitation.
Their hearts were turned toward the Lord.
Those who were skilled, gave of themselves also, bringing their gifts to the service of he Lord, having had hearts stirred to do the work. Those who were not skilled, gave. These were free will offerings, not brought through obligation, but offered generously by those who answered the invitation from God to be apart of the work, as their hearts were open to be stirred.
As I have given time, talent, and money over the years, I know that any amount I may yield is no comparison to the blessings the Lord has bestowed on me. Whether those blessings be temporal or spiritual, they overflow from my life, and spill into the lives of others, in the form of ministry.
“Give, and it will be given to you: good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over will be put into your bosom. For with the same measure that you use, it will be measured back to you.””
Luke 6:38 NKJV
Brothers and sisters, I pray that we have a heart that moves us to give like the children of Israel. May there come a Sunday when pastors of bible believing churches have to refuse offerings and servants because there is simply too much given. That will never happen.
But still, let us pray that there be so much in abundance, that those driven to serve, are turned away to go and serve as the Lord leads them, doing service in the world in need of Jesus outside the walls of the church.
I am in a season where I serve little in my local church, as various physical trials have robbed me of the endurance. But still, the Lord has filled my plate. He has given me a prayer ministry, and an opportunity to use my writing gifts for HIs glory.
Let us answer the stirring in our hearts, as the Lord invites us to be apart of the great work He is doing in these last days. There is much work to do, as the Lord is showing us so many signs. We see the endless violence in the streets, the increasing wealth inequality, the increasing domination of the people by heartless corporate interests, and rumblings of global war, soon to come.
We see sin on display, and applauded as the values of the world are reversed like an x ray, with evil being good, and good now evil. These signs would be creating a stirring in our hearts, prompting us to give to the work of the LORD.
There are many workers toiling in the field of souls, fully devoted to the work. Let us give to those efforts, as we seek to help with our funds. There is great blessing in giving, and the need is constant.
Paul applaud the church at Philippi who gave to him in his distress, as he had great need. I am thankful that I have been a part of two churches that are strongly missions oriented. I have learned to value the work, especially now as I can do little.
“Nevertheless you have done well that you shared in my distress. Now you Philippians know also that in the beginning of the gospel, when I departed from Macedonia, no church shared with me concerning giving and receiving but you only. For even in Thessalonica you sent aid once and again for my necessities. Not that I seek the gift, but I seek the fruit that abounds to your account. Indeed I have all and abound. I am full, having received from Epaphroditus the things sent from you, a sweet-smelling aroma, an acceptable sacrifice, well pleasing to God. And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.”
Philippians 4:14-19 NKJV
My people, do not fear giving, for God will supply all your needs, far beyond what ever you can ask, for He is a giving God. Give your time, your money, give time in prayer. I can tell you from experience, YOU CAN’T OUT GIVE GOD!
“Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.”
Ephesians 3:20-21 NKJV
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