Too Much Giving

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Imagine a world where everyone was so generous that we all had enough.

Exodus 36:1-38

Reference: v.5 [The skilled workers] said to Moses, “The people are bringing more than enough for doing the work the Lord commanded to be done.” (TNIV Bible)

Explore: A few Christmases ago my mother ordered a turkey from the local butcher in anticipation for our festive lunch. While our family is not large, our table is always filled with a variety of people who don’t have anywhere to go for Christmas.

With the extra people in mind, and our love of cold turkey sandwiches, my mother ordered a rather large bird. So large, it turned out, that we were still eating the leftovers three days later.

While we only ever eat turkey at Christmas time, it seems that this turkey was a little much for us. When we saw it being integrated into every single meal, we felt we had had our whole years fill in just a couple of days.

Application: It seems crazy that someone would complain that there was too much turkey at Christmas! Usually we whinge because there is not enough of something – not enough money, not enough time, not enough sleep!

It just so happens that this crazy turn of events happened to the Israelites as well. When the skilled workers were building elements of the Tabernacle the people kept bringing their offerings so the workers could complete the job.

However, the workers were overwhelmed with offerings to the point they had to tell Moses to command the people to stop bringing their gifts. Imagine a world where everyone was so generous that we all had enough.

Imagine a world where we regularly hear the statements, ‘Stop bringing me food, I have plenty to feed my family’; ‘Stop giving me compliments as I am overwhelmed by your appreciation’; ‘Stop giving me your time and assistance as the job is already complete.’ That kind of world is like a glimpse of Heaven.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, you are a loving and generous God. May we replicate your generosity and be willing to give over and above to the people who come into our lives. Amen.

We all have the ability to bring a piece of Heaven to Earth. How can you give over and above to someone today?

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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.

1 comment:

KylieDecember 8, 2011 at 8:40 AMReply

Wow! Imagine this! Thanks Linda for a great devo thought this morning. xx