Growing with God: A daily devotional with Tonia Slimm.
Exodus 25:1-2 (NIV)
“The Lord said to Moses, “Tell the Israelites to bring me an offering. You are to receive the offering for me from everyone whose heart prompts them to give.”
Exodus 25:1-2 (MSG)
God spoke to Moses: “Tell the Israelites that they are to set aside offerings for me. Receive the offerings from everyone who is willing to give.”
“Then the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, “Tell the children of Israel to take an offering for Me. From every man whose heart moves him [to give willingly] you shall take My offering.” -AMPLIFIED
Yesterday we left Moses on the top of the mountain; where he had climbed higher to be with God in the midst of the cloud. The Bible tells us that Moses actually spent 40 days and 40 nights there in the presence of God. What happened within there? God gave Moses the instructions for the building of the tabernacle, the furnishings, and everything that would be involved in the worshiping of Jehovah. We find everything that transpired in this discussion between God and Moses in Exodus 25-31.
God’s first set of instructions given to Moses were, “Instruct the Israelites to bring Me a sacred offering. All those whose hearts move them are to make an offering to the One who delivered them from bondage. You should accept only the finest things: gold, silver, and bronze metals…” (VOICE)
Have the people bring me an offering. Not just one offering given from the whole group, but each person was to bring an offering. It was to be a free-will offering; given from their heart to God. It was to be given willingly, with a good attitude.
Remember; God is partial to cheerful givers. “Let each one give [thoughtfully and with purpose] just as he has decided in his heart, not grudgingly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver [and delights in the one whose heart is in his gift].” -2 Corinthians 9:7 (AMP)
God even gives Moses a list of the items that He is looking for as gifts. “These are the offerings I want you to receive from them: gold, silver, bronze; blue, purple, and scarlet material; fine linen; goats’ hair; tanned rams’ skins; dolphin skins; acacia wood; lamp oil; spices for anointing oils and for fragrant incense; onyx stones and other stones for setting in the Ephod and the Breastpiece. ” -Exodus 25:3-7 (MSG)
He also gives Moses the reason why the people were to bring these free-will offerings, “Have them build a sanctuary for Me, so that I may dwell among them.” -Exodus 25:8 (AMP)
God was looking for those who would willingly and gladly contribute to His dwelling place among them. Solomon reminds us in Proverbs of the need to honor God and recognize His hand in and on our lives. “Honor God with everything you own; give him the first and the best.” Proverbs 3:9 (MSG)
What will your offering to God be? It does not have to be an extravagant gift and God is not expecting more than we have to give. Paul reminds us, “For if the willingness is there, the gift is acceptable according to what one has, not according to what one does not have.” -2 Corinthians 8:12 (NIV)
God has been so generous and gracious with us. He gave His one and only Son; that we might have forgiveness and Eternal life. Should we not desire to give good gifts back to Him? Give to God from the heart!
Father, you have given so much to me and for me. You gave the ultimate gift, sacrificing your very own Son, that I might have forgiveness and eternal life with you. Help me to be a cheerful giver when it comes to giving back to you. I am forever thankful and grateful for what you did for me. I want to show you just how much your love and generosity means to me by giving back to you. Lord, take my life as an offering to you.