Stop Giving?

'They went to Moses and reported, “The people have given more than enough materials to complete the job the Lord has commanded us to do” Moses gave them the materials donated by the people of Israel as sacred offerings for the completion of the sanctuary. But the people continued to bring additional gifts each morning. Finally the craftsmen who were working on the sanctuary left their work. So Moses gave the command, and this message was sent throughout the camp: “Men and women, don’t prepare any more gifts for the sanctuary. We have enough” So the people stopped bringing their sacred offerings. Their contributions were more than enough to complete the whole project.'
Exodus 36:3-7

Stop giving? When is the last time you've heard that phrase come from the mouth of anyone at a church, any church, anytime? My guess is that you would respond "never." Yet, when God requested of Israel to give to the Tabernacle project the people threw gifts and resources. Now that's a culture of life!

We can look at this and make excuses for why or how it was possible for this to take place then, but it isn't realistic for today. I actually believe it IS possible to regain this culture of giving. I believe it because it's who God is. It's God's nature to be irrationally generous toward us. The bible uses language like "lavish, perpetual, and exceedingly abundant" to describe the generosity of God.

As children of God, we should understand that revival looks like this. It's a picture of selflessly giving what we have for the cause of God's kingdom in the earth. One preacher says it like this:

"I didn't really get saved until I let God baptize my wallet as well."

Have we reached a point in our day to day living where the gadgets and gizmos, houses and automobiles just don't bring us joy like they once did? Are we ready to lay it all down for the joy of seeing the kingdom in the earth?

My prayer is that today we will baptize our hearts and our wallet so we can see the kingdom flourish in the earth.

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