SUMMARY: For God
OVERVIEW: Faithful men and women brought materials and offerings to the Lord for the construction of the tabernacle.
BIG IDEA: Give faithfully and joyfully to what God is doing in the world.
KEY VERSE: Exodus 35:29 (Israel responds)
So the people of Israel—every man and woman who was eager to help in the work the Lord had given them through Moses—brought their gifts and gave them freely to the Lord.
IF GOD WROTE YOU A LETTER
I love when you give faithfully and joyfully. And your consistency matters. It shows you recognize all that you have is a gift from me. Your smile and contentment reveal that giving is an act of love. When you give joyfully, you get a small taste of how I feel when I give to you. I love it, and I want you to as well.
I get excited when you catch the vision for what I’m doing in the world. I’m pleased when you want to participate. You are part of my plan. You play a role in completing the picture that I am creating. I can accomplish things without you, but I don’t want to. I invite you to use the gifts and abilities I’ve provided. When you do, you will have a surge of purpose flowing through your veins. It’s addictive—in a healthy way. You will want to use your gifts and resources, and you’ll inspire others to do the same.
Consider your audience. Make sure you are giving your time, talents, and treasures because you love God and want to thank him, rather than fulfill another’s expectations. Ask God to search your heart and make any changes necessary (in your attitude or how you serve/give).