“‘Take from among you a contribution to the Lord. Whoever is of a generous heart, let him bring the Lord‘s contribution... Let every skillful craftsman among you come and make all that the Lord has commanded…‘ And they came, everyone whose heart stirred him, and everyone whose spirit moved him, and brought the Lord‘s contribution to be used for the tent of meeting, and for all its service, and for the holy garments. All who were of a willing heart brought brooches and earrings and signet rings and armlets, all sorts of gold objects, every man dedicating an offering of gold to the Lord. And every one who possessed blue or purple or scarlet yarns or fine linen or goats’ hair or tanned rams’ skins or goatskins brought them. Everyone who could make a contribution of silver or bronze brought it as the Lord‘s contribution. And every one who possessed acacia wood of any use in the work brought it. And every skillful woman spun with her hands, and they all brought what they had spun in blue and purple and scarlet yarns and fine twined linen. All the women whose hearts stirred them to use their skill spun the goats’ hair. And the leaders brought onyx stones and stones to be set, for the ephod and for the breastpiece, and spices and oil for the light, and for the anointing oil, and for the fragrant incense. All the men and women, the people of Israel, whose heart moved them to bring anything for the work that the Lord had commanded by Moses to be done brought it as a freewill offering to the Lord.” Exodus 35:5,10,21-29
This passage portrays a rich bounty of treasure, not only of varied, colorful jewelry, precious stones, threads, fabric, skins, and fragrance that would be used for God’s tabernacle, but of generous hearts. Can’t you sense the spillover of joy from the individuals contributing to this beautiful mobile tent for the LORD? Surely it was He Who stirred and moved and made willing their hearts. He was the One Who had delivered them from slavery, Who daily fed them, Who was Lord over water in the Sea, bitter water, and water from a rock. The gratitude and love awakened in their hearts pulsed to their minds, hands, fingers, feet to present their best, their costliest for their Sovereign. They gave what they had, some offerings of great monetary value, some of personal resources, some of time and talent. Motivated by glad obedience, their eyes looked beyond themselves, their hands opened wide to release their treasure for the Lord’s purpose and glory.
What moves my heart? Am I even aware of needs in the Body? And when they are known, how willing am I to give? Do I hoard my time, protect my schedule, cut off information that might require a response, and thus miss the joy of being a part of something larger than I? In what recesses of my heart is the Spirit moving to melt my resistance or control over security, to release with happy abandon the talents He has entrusted to me?
Lord on high, have full sway with me to bring all I am and have to You, for Your use and adornment.