It’s like drawing water from a stone just to get them to unpack the dishwasher!
Reference: “All who were willing, men and women alike, came and brought gold jewelry of all kinds: brooches, earrings, rings and ornaments. They all presented their gold as a wave offering to the Lord.” Exodus 35:22 NIV
Explore: Anyone who has lived with teenagers knows what it’s like to get someone to do something under sufferance. It’s sometimes like drawing water from a stone just to get them to unpack the dishwasher!
I’ve never liked to be a nag but when something has not been done it brings great frustration. Why can’t people just see what needs to be done and jump in to help?
On the other hand I have my mum who is the greatest at taking initiative. Whenever she comes over she heads straight for the laundry to see if there’s any washing to fold.
I only have to mention some gardening we plan to do and she’s over with her boots and gloves in hand. Everything she does to help she does willingly and graciously.
Application: In Exodus we follow the path of the Israelites from God redeeming them from their captivity in Egypt to their journey towards the Promised Land. A great deal happened during that time, and not all of it was good. But I do love the time that is outlined in chapter 35.
There was much to be made for all the worship elements instructed by God. Everyone gathered together what they had, both men and women alike, to donate to their Lord.
Some donated goods while others offered talents. All worked together to make what was needed.
What I love, however, is that they all gave willingly. This didn’t seem like a directive from God, but an opportunity for people to give. And give they did.
The end result may have been the same if God had insisted they give and make these elements, but the attitude was different. To give willingly allows the opportunity to share your heart, not just your wares.
When it comes to our worship there are certain things we routinely do – tithe, attend worship. But there’s a big difference to God when we do these things, not just as a routine but as a willing participant in connecting with Him.
Prayer: Lord, it is good to be disciplined in our commitment to You, but today may we give willingly in all we can offer You. Amen.
How willing have you been in your worship lately?
This article was written by Linda Bailey
Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.