God’s Will: Freewill

Let every skillful craftsman among you come and make all that the Lord has commanded: the tabernacle, its tent and its covering, its hooks and its frames, its bars, its pillars, and its bases; the ark with its poles, the mercy seat, and the veil of the screen; the table with its poles and all its utensils, and the bread of the Presence; the lampstand also for the light, with its utensils and its lamps, and the oil for the light; and the altar of incense, with its poles, and the anointing oil and the fragrant incense, and the screen for the door, at the door of the tabernacle; the altar of burnt offering, with its grating of bronze, its poles, and all its utensils, the basin and its stand; the hangings of the court, its pillars and its bases, and the screen for the gate of the court; the pegs of the tabernacle and the pegs of the court, and their cords; the finely worked garments for ministering in the Holy Place, the holy garments for Aaron the priest, and his sons. 

“[Then] 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. And every one who possessed acacia wood of any use in the work brought it. And every skillful woman spun with her hands, and 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 people of Israel, whose heart moved them to bring anything for the work… brought it as a freewill offering to the Lord.” Exodus 35:10-19,21-29

The task was broad, the instructions comprehensive, and the people’s response matched God’s intricate plans with willing generosity. Why? The Spirit moved them, stirring hearts’ desire and inspiring skillful exercise of talent. When God wills a work, He arouses  His people to will and work their part, for the glorious display of freewill come alive. Am I sensitive and willing to respond? (Ephesians 2:10; Philippians 2:13)

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How am I participating in God’s present works? What am I contributing to His temple, His church body, by way of encouragement, unique talent, material resources, time spent praying or serving? Does insecurity, fear, laziness, or timidity squash His prompting to engage my skills? What distinct color, what particular beauty, what value has He determined only I can give? (Exodus 35:30-35)

Lord, I offer myself a living sacrifice, a freewill offering for the doing of my part in Your wondrous will. (Romans 12:1-8)

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