90 Day Challenge- Day 6- Exodus 15:19- Exodus 28:43
Exodus 25:1-2 1AND THE Lord said to Moses, 2Speak to the Israelites, that they take for Me an offering. From every man who gives it willingly and ungrudgingly with his heart you shall take My offering.
After the Israelites had been delivered from the Egyptians, they began to wander in the desert headed toward the promised land. God spoke to Moses and gave him directions for the people. Then He said these words. “Speak to the Israelites, that they take for Me an offering. From every man who gives it willingly and ungrudgingly with his heart you shall take My offering.” I want to look at the last part today. In 1 Peter 2:5 it says 5[Come] and, like living stones, be yourselves built [into] a spiritual house, for a holy (dedicated, consecrated) priesthood, to offer up [those] spiritual sacrifices [that are] acceptable and pleasing to God through Jesus Christ. Also in Romans 12:1 it says 1I APPEAL to you therefore, brethren, and beg of you in view of [all] the mercies of God, to make a decisive dedication of your bodies [presenting all your members and faculties] as a living sacrifice, holy (devoted, consecrated) and well pleasing to God, which is your reasonable (rational, intelligent) service and spiritual worship. Paul also, in his letter to the Philippians, talks about his life being poured out like a drink offering.
The Lord told Moses to take the offerings from those who were giving willingly. Our very lives are to be an offering, a sacrifice unto the Lord. Are we giving ourselves to him for His service willingly and ungrudgingly? Are we freely and cheerfully pouring out our lives for God? A few chapters later in Exodus 35:21-22a we see 21And they came, each one whose heart stirred him up and whose spirit made him willing, and brought the Lord’s offering to be used for the [new] Tent of Meeting, for all its service, and the holy garments. 22They came, both men and women, all who were willinghearted……..The people brought an offering of gold and silver and jewelry to be used for the Lord’s house. Those who were willing hearted gave. What can we bring for the Lord’s house? Our time, talents and abilities are just a few things. You may say, “I’m already doing that.” If so that’s wonderful, but are you doing it with your whole heart, enthusiastically? I encourage you today to when offering your gifts to God, not to look at it as a chore or a burden, but as a joy and a privilege. Pour out your life as a drink offering, give yourself as a willing offering to Him.