“Take from among you, a contribution to the Lord. Whoever is of a generous heart, let him bring the Lord’s contribution: Gold, silver, and bronze.”
This is a great phrase to describe giving to God and to the accomplishment of his purposes. So they’re needing money, tools, resources, gold, silver, bronze for the construction of the tabernacle. And so God says whoever is of a generous heart, let him bring gold, silver, and bronze.
Don’t you want to be described before God as one who has a generous heart?
And I read this, and I just think, God, I want my heart to be described that way. Don’t you want your heart to be described that way by God, before God? He has a generous heart. She has a generous heart. She gives freely, generously, gladly. To use 2 Corinthians eight and nine kind of language, cheerfully.
That’s the picture of generosity we see in scripture. It’s the picture we see here in Exodus 35, and I would just ask, is it the picture of your heart?
And none of us wants it to be said of us before the Lord, “He has a stingy heart. She has a hoarding heart. She or he keeps for themselves more than they need.” No, we want to be generous people who are sacrificially giving above and beyond what we can give so that God’s purposes might be accomplished in the world. Oh, this is a word we need to hear, especially, especially in a culture as wealthy as the one I live in. I live in one of the wealthiest countries ever to exist on planet Earth. I have so many things, so many physical resources that people in history and people around the world today right now don’t have.
So, God, help me to be generous with what I have. God, I pray for my own heart. I pray for others’ hearts who are listening to this, praying with me. God, help us to be generous. God, help us not to be stingy. God, help us not to hoard that which you’ve given us. God, help us not to store it away in barns in a way that prevents us from being used right now to accomplish your purposes. You want your glory to be made known all over the world. You want your love to be made known among the least of these. God, among those who are starving, among those who are sick, persecuted, imprisoned. God, among the fatherless and the widowed, the sojourner as we’ve seen in Exodus. God, we pray that you would help us to use our resources for the display of your glory in a world of urgent spiritual and physical need in the world, among people who’ve never even heard the gospel.
God, help us to use our resources to get the gospel to them. God, we pray that you would make us a generous people. God, help me to be more generous. Help us all to be more generous, we pray. God, we’re so prone to not be generous. Give us generous hearts. Change our hearts, just like you taught us, Jesus, “Where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”
God, use our resources in the world around us to accomplish your purposes, we pray. Forgive us for our lack of generosity. Help us to grow in generosity, in the generosity of our hearts. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.
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