Friday, May 14, 2010

How Do You Contribute?

• God is adamant that we keep the Sabbath holy and refrain from all work on this day. There are consequences to breaking this commandment, as with any commandment. (Exodus 35:1-3)

• God expect us to give to Him and others from what we have been blessed with, whether it be our time, talents, money and possessions. (Exodus 35:5)

• God wants us to willingly and cheerfully give instead of giving out of obligation or guilt. He desires for us to have a generous heart. (Exodus 35:5)

• God intends for us to use our talents for His kingdom and for His glory. (Exodus 35:10)

• God is a planner, and He is interested in all of the details. Like He planned the tabernacle, He plans every detail of our lives. (Exodus 35:3-19; 36:8-38; 37:1-29; 38:1-20; 39:1-30 and 40:1-33)

• Giving involves sacrifice – giving up something valuable and meaningful to you so that another may benefit from it. (Exodus 35:22-28)

• God thinks about the long term and plans for it. God had a purpose for the spoils the Israelites took with them when they left Egypt. It was not only to enrich His people, but to provide the needed materials for the construction of the tabernacle.

• Giving is a form of worship. Whether or not the Israelites would surrender the valuables was a test of their devotion to God and a measure of the generosity. . The question is not do we have anything to give, but will we give. Everyone has something to give. “Faithful people are always generous.” (Life Application Notes)

• We, like the Israelites, own nothing, but are stewards of what God has entrusted us.

• Our work is a product of our devotion to God. “Good workers take pride in the quality and beauty of their work. God is concerned with the quality and beauty of their work.” (Life Application Notes)(Exodus 35:26)

• Our skills, abilities and knowledge come from God. (Exodus 35:31,34,35)

• God does not force us to give or to work for His kingdom. (Exodus 36:2b)

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