Exodus 35:21 And they came, every one whose heart stirred him up, and every one whom his spirit made willing, and they brought the LORD’S offering to the work of the tabernacle of the congregation, and for all his service, and for the holy garments.
I have heard that some people feel as if the churches today just want people’s money. That organized religion is nothing more than a scheme to con people out of their hard-earned cash. Well consider a few things for a moment. The majority of churches out there today are not considered Mega-churches. I’m not suggesting that all large church bodies are trying to con people, but 90% of churches in America run less than 350 people. 50% of churches have a church body of less than 100. Which leads to the belief that if this is a con to get rich quick, it’s a really poor one.
God has never wanted people’s money. What He has always desired was their heart. In our verse today it says; “And they came, every one whose heart stirred him up, and every one whom his spirit made willing, and they brought the LORD’S offering…” No one was forced or tricked into offering to God, they wanted to be a part of what God was doing in their midst. That is how God has always intended for offerings to be given, willingly. He even told Moses in Exodus 35:5 “Take ye from among you an offering unto the LORD: whosoever is of a willing heart, let him bring it, an offering of the LORD; …” It was never a trick, gimmick, or con. It was always to be given of a willing heart and given where God was working in their midst. When we read on, we see how God blesses their willingness to give. It’s all tied to our motivations.
Still today for the church it says; 2 Cor. 9:7 “Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver.” It has always been, as should always be a heart issue.
What motivates you to give to God?
Living In His Word Ministries
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Dr. Franklin J. Senters Th.D.
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