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, and 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 is 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 offerings 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 supposed 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 offerings and sometimes tithes because they are aware of the law of sowing and reaping. Neither one of these groups has 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 communicate 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).
God does not have part-time children either they are or they aren’t. As children of God, we show Him we love Him by spending quality time with Him. Attending church is not spending quality time with Him, attending church is one of the things a Christian should do, but when we purposely make time with Him alone then we’re building a relationship. When you met your spouse, you didn’t always want to be around others because you were focusing on building a relationship with your going-to-be spouse.
Just as it took time to build a good relationship with your going-to-be spouse or friend, time is also needed to be spent with God building a relationship with Him. Building a relationship with Him enables you to learn His likes and dislikes. It will enable you to know when His Spirit is present. It will enable you to hear His voice, and it will also enable you to do the right thing although it may not be in His written Word. Because you spend time with God and His Word, you will learn to distinguish what is godly and what is not.
As professing Christians our goals should be focused on getting to know God and His instructions. It is better to know Him than not to know Him!