“The children of Israel brought a willing offering unto the Lord, every man and woman, whose heart made them willing to bring for all manner of work, which the Lord had commanded to be made by the hand of Moses…” (Ex. 35:29).
The Kingdom lifestyle requires us to have a willing heart. As members of the Kingdom of God, we assemble ourselves together several times over the course of the week in the corporate worship setting (Heb. 10:25). But, as members of the Kingdom of God, the more we engage one another and encounter the presence of God, the more we realize that merely attending weekly services is not enough. We begin to realize that God created and redeemed for so much more than this. There really is more to the Kingdom lifestyle than this.
Understanding The Text
In the text, we observe that Moses received instructions from God in the previous chapter concerning the construction of the Tabernacle. In this chapter, we observe that Moses returns to the camp and immediately begins to execute the instructions given by God. He calls for the children of Israel to meet together to provide them with the specific instructions which God required of them.
Beginning in verse 5, Moses lays out the need for the service of the Lord. If we notice, the instruction begins with a request for an offering from “…whosoever is of a willing heart” (v. 5). This offering request did not limit the people’s giving to precious metals such as gold, silver, and brass. It was also inclusive of materials such as linen, animal skins, wood, oils, fragrances, and precious stones. But at the end of the list of things needed was the most important offering. What was God (and Moses) looking for more than anything else? The willing heart who would dedicate their time and talents to the work and service of God’s tabernacle (vv. 5, 10, 21-22, 25-26, 29).
Why Is This Important To Us?
This is important to us because today’s culture has altered the purpose of why we assemble together in the first place (Heb. 10:25). The purpose for the believers to come together is so that we may: 1) worship our God corporately, and 2) receive instruction from God on how to further advance His Kingdom. We have changed our gathering into a weekly social club meeting wherein we receive our weekly dose of entertainment, chills, and thrills, but leave ill-equipped for service in the Kingdom of God.
This approach to Kingdom living causes us to miss many opportunities to minister to the needs of God’s people and the surrounding communities. We miss out on the privilege and honor of rendering service to God and His Kingdom with a willing heart. But most importantly, we miss the opportunity to have a genuine, life-changing encounter with an ever-present God.
The Apostle Paul teaches us that God loves a cheerful giver (2 Cor. 9:7). We must understand, however, that our giving should not be limited to monetary gifts. God has also graced us with the precious gifts of time and talents to use in His Kingdom service. It is our responsibility to find out our areas of strengths. Then, we employ them in the service of advancing God’s Kingdom Agenda. We are not to give “grudgingly or of necessity”, but we are asked to give liberally from a willing heart (2 Cor. 9:7).
Sean Mungin, author of “The Thorn In The Flesh”