Only Those Who Are Willing

S. O. A. P.

Here’s Your 90 second AM Devotional!

S-cripture:

Exodus 35:21

And everyone who was willing and whose heart moved them came and brought an offering to the Lord for the work on the tent of meeting, for all its service, and for the sacred garments.

O-bservation:

As the Israelites prepared to build the mobile tabernacle in the wilderness, Scripture is emphatic in saying that only those who were willing and whose heart moved them came and brought offerings to build it. No one was forced, they waited for the Divine prompting from above.

A-pplication:

The scripture is not speaking here of the tithe. The Old Testament was very direct that the Word of The Lord demanded the first tenth of one’s livelihood belonged to God. It wasn’t even considered giving, it was a willful release back to God of what belonged to the Lord. I believe this principle carried over into the New Testament as well. However, what is being discussed in this verse is known as a “free will offering.” No one was required to give a free will offering unless the Lord prompted them to, and their hearts were then moved to do it. Even today free will offerings are for “Only Those Who Are Willing” to give. The New Testament also promotes this kind of giving. It says, “Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly, or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver” (2 Cor. 9:7, NLT). I refuse to let the world get under my skin when all they love to speak about is the church wanting people’s money. No! God owns the first tenth of OUR money, but after that “Only Those Who Are Willing” are required in the Bible to give.

P-rayer:

Dear Jesus,

You’ve placed the idea in our hearts to be generous; however, the enemy of our souls would love to rob us of this great honor. Help my friends and me to stay strong and “Be Willing” to be generous. Amen

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