Posted by: Jo | April 8, 2016

Prompting from the Heart

“The Lord said to Moses, “Tell the Israelites to bring me an offering. You are to receive the offering for me from each man whose heart prompts him to give.”

(Exodus 25: 1 – 2)

image My husband and I have been watching a series on the television by a woman who is fascinated by the Nomads who still exist in our world and she seeks out these tribes and taking a television crew with her, actually stays with them to capture their way of life. It is a surprising, very personal insight into the relationships of a group of people constantly on the move, working as a very connected team, using all the skills each person has to ensure the best for their people as a whole. Working together for the common good. We were watching in fascination as their shelters were being erected for yet another stay and as they threw the animal skins over the wooden structure we both remembered the study our Home Group is doing in the book of Exodus and how working for the common good was so much a part of what God was teaching his children.

God speaks to Moses and gives him a detailed plan on how to build a tabernacle for him and promises he will dwell with them. I love the way the finances will be raised. No not by a fundraising campaign. Not by placing a guilt trip on everybody. Not by issuing tax receipts, but appealing to the hearts of the people. (Exodus25:1,2)

This was the wonderful result of people’s hearts being touched;

“The people are bringing more than enough for doing the work the Lord commanded to be done” (Exodus 36: 5)

And again

“No man or woman is to make anything else as an offering for the sanctuary. And so the people were restrained from bringing any more, because what they already had was more than enough to do all the work.” (Exodus 36: 6 – 7)

image We don’t often hear that in our present day churches!

The Lord gives us, for our present day, another example of how he would have us serve him if we have a willing heart, and assures us that he will provide the ability and skill for what ever he asks, if we provide the willing heart;

“Then Moses summoned Bezalel and Oholiab and every skilled person to whom the Lord had given skill and ability and who was willing to come and do the work.” (Exodus 36:2)

Sometimes we forget that when we feel that prompting from the Lord we begin to doubt our own capabilities even perhaps argue with God about how inadequate we are to serve him in any way. That is when we need to reread this story in Exodus and see that the Lord calls those he has already endowed with the ability to do what our hearts are prompting us to do for the Lord.

The other stumbling block sometimes arises when we feel the prompting, but fall into the trap of assuming the role is ours alone and imagenot for the furthering of the Kingdom and Paul reminds us to keep this in mind;

“Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men.” (Colossians 3: 23)

The lovely ending to the constructing of the tabernacle becomes a blessing for all involved, which is the same for us today when we work together for the common good, listening to the prompting of our hearts, using our God given gifts for his glory

“The Israelites had done all the work just as the Lord had commanded Moses. Moses inspected the work and saw that they had done it just as the Lord had commanded. So Moses blessed them.” (Exodus 39: 42 – 43)

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Responses

  1. Does this mean Jo, that we do our everyday menial tasks with a willing heart to the best of our ability because God has given us the means to do so. Thanks again Jo for making me think.

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  2. Giving money is easy – when we have it. Giving ourselves, our talents to the Lord’s work is more demanding. You inspire us, Jo, to think how we can do this lovingly and effectively. Thank you.

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