Giving Him Your Best
Take ye from among you an offering unto the Lord: whosoever is of a willing heart, let him bring it, an offering of the Lord; gold, and silver, and brass – Exodus 35:5
God did not require these special offerings, but He appealed to those with generous hearts. Only those who were willing to give were invited to participate: God loves cheerful givers, our giving should be from a generous heart, not a guilty conscience.
God desired a sanctuary in which He could come down and dwell among His people, and He asked Moses to take an offering for this purpose. It was important to God that no one be compelled or forced to give, but that the people give to Him willingly and ungrudgingly from their hearts. God wanted the children of Israel to give cheerfully and joyfully because of their love for Him. He didn’t want them to consider it to be a duty or an obligation to give, but He wanted their giving to be an act of worship coming from hearts that were overflowing with love for Him.
Charities give aid to the poor, we usually receive appeals for used clothing, appliances and household items, but there is a limitation to what they will take. They don’t want junk, clothing with patches or holes. Appliances such as broken lamps, dressers, bed-frames, and coffee makers are unacceptable. If there are limits to the quality of gifts we give to charities to distribute to the poor and needy, how much more are restrictions on the quality of what we give God?
It’s amazing how many professing Christians talk about the goodness of God, but never show their love towards Him by spending time in His word, prayer or assembling themselves at the house of God. We can spend plenty of time on anything except fellowshipping with God through His written word. We give everyone and every task our best, but when it comes to God, we think we can just give Him our tithes and offering and this will justify our love for Him. Just as we as humans want genuine love, God wants genuine love (God is a Spirit: and they that worship Him must worship Him in spirit and in truth – John 4:24). Yes, we’re suppose to give our tithes and offering, giving money doesn’t mean someone loves God. The Mafia and Cartel give their tithes to their church, gang bangers, secular actors, and entertainers give offering if not tithes because they are aware of the law of sowing and reaping. Neither one of these groups have submitted their life to live according to God’s written word, the Bible.
When our mate tells us they love us, then we want them to show it by spending some time with us through their presence and communication. If they never spend time or communicating with us until they want something, we would feel like the love wasn’t genuine. God feels the same way when we treat Him like that. He has emotions; love and anger are emotions and He has both. When we love Him, we live to please Him and we please Him by living according to His will which is His word (Jesus answered and said unto Him, If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make Our abode with him – John 14:23).