I was surprised to read the account of the first offering plate pass ever recorded in Scripture. It’s a great story if you’d like to take a look here. God tells Moses to tell the people to bring all kinds of things for the Tabernacle. He says at the beginning of chapter 35,
‘Whoever is of a generous heart, let him bring the Lord’s contribution.’
- Well, people start bringing all sorts of things-‘everyone whose heart stirred him, and everyone whose spirit moved him…’
- And then it happened, the workers said, ‘HOLD UP, WAIT A MINUTE.’
- They came to Moses and said these very surprising words-words I’ve never heard in a church in my lifetime: ‘The people bring much more than enough for doing the work that the Lord has commanded us to do.’
- Then Moses says another surprising thing to the people: “Let no man or woman do anything more for the contribution for the sanctuary.”
Can You Imagine?
Isn’t this surprising? Can you imagine your pastor saying to you, ‘Stop bringing your offerings for this particular mission. We have much more than we need to accomplish this mission. Keep your offerings for another purpose’?
There may be 2 reasons why this is such a rarely heard statement these days:
- We are not allowing God to stir our hearts and spirits to give with a generous heart toward His purposes.
- We are not supporting our church leaders to seek hard to determine the particular missions He would have for us and thus the church’s efforts outstrip the church’s abilities for support.
I’m sure there are other reasons. But, these two are something that I can do something about. NOW.
- I can ask God to stir my heart and seek to give more generously in all areas.
- I can pray for my church leaders and find ways to support them as they seek to know the ‘Tabernacles’ of mission that God has for us in this day.
Can you believe Scripture says that?