Oct 16, 2012

Wednesday in the Word: Bob Coy & Moses - Tickled Tither or Generous Giver

 

So Bezalel, Oholiab and every skilled person to whom the Lord has given skill and ability to know how to carry out all the work of constructing the sanctuary are to do the work just as the Lord has commanded.”

Then Moses summoned Bezalel and Oholiab and every skilled person to whom the Lord had given ability and who was willing to come and do the work. They received from Moses all the offerings the Israelites had brought to carry out the work of constructing the sanctuary. And the people continued to bring freewill offerings morning after morning. So all the skilled workers who were doing all the work on the sanctuary left what they were doing and said to Moses, “The people are bringing more than enough for doing the work the Lord commanded to be done.”

Then Moses gave an order and they sent this word throughout the camp: “No man or woman is to make anything else as an offering for the sanctuary.” And so the people were restrained from bringing more, because what they already had was more than enough to do all the work.

                    -Exodus 36: 1-7

This passage comes right out of the desert.  Israel just left everything they were accustomed to in Egypt.  The passage starts out by saying that Israel sets out, “to do the work just as the Lord has commanded.”

The people bring freewill offerings each day. 

And the very best part, the workers have to stop what they are doing to inform Moses that, “The people are bringing more than enough for doing the work the Lord commanded to be done.”

In working with non-profits and ministries, I can tell you that I haven’t seen this sort of thing happen very often.

So where is the breakdown?  

I can tell you where I get hung up.  More often than not, I am too busy doing what I think is best to listen for clear direction from the Lord.  The Israelites were doing just as the Lord commanded.  A steward is led by the Lord.  

The Israelites backed up their beliefs with freewill offerings.  They believed in the cause.  They were reliant on God and wanted to honor him with the possessions they had.  They didn’t get hung up on percentages or hoard their wealth for themselves.  They gave generously to the work of the Lord.  Too often I get hung up on that 10% number.  I am, as Bob Coy would call it, a Tickled Tither.  A steward believes and acts like God owns it all.  

The challenge:

Step 1 - Ask the Lord, “Where would you have me make a difference?”

Step 2 - Listen…

Step 3 - Give abundantly.

Lord, may we live in faith, listening to your calling and your plan for our work, for our family, for our community and our country.  May we give in faith, knowing that we don’t own these things.  May we trust You, the God of abundance, the God who owns it all.  In our obedience, bless our work, our families and our communities, pressed down, shaken together and running over.

Amen
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