Exodus 25:1 Give Because You Want To

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The LORD said to Moses, “Tell the Israelites to bring me an offering. You are to receive the offering for me from everyone whose heart prompts them to give.” Exodus 25:1

Giving is something that brings much controversy. People wonder if they should give or not give. And then the question how much should they give, and when should they give.

Different organizations, that are not directly Christian, are always asking for donations and gifts to be given. People wonder if they should give. The world will often put pressure upon people to give. They set up advertisements to get people to give that lay a guilt upon the person who chooses not to give.

Some people give to look good to others or to get a tax write off. They are not giving so much as to help, but in order to get something for themselves.

While the Israelites were being led around in the desert by God, He had Moses ask the people for an offering. This asking was not a demand, but just a simple request. The only people who were to give were those whose hearts had prompted them to give. There was to be no guilt trip laid upon those who did not give or could not give. There was also no pressure put on the people, it was just a simple request.

In many churches, there is pressure to give. Speakers often preface the request with getting God’s blessings or the absolute need for each person to give. While it may be needed and God will bless the giver, it must also come from a willing and joyful heart, not to look good or because of peer pressure.

A gift that does not come with joy, is a worthless gift.

There will come days when you will be asked to give. You have to seek God and choose for yourself if you should give and how much you should give. If you are feeling in your heart that you should give, then give. Never give because you have to give. Never give under peer pressure. Never give just to look good. Never give just because you are told to give.

Give with a joyful heart. Give because you get a chance to take part in building God’s kingdom. Give because God has given you eternal life. Give because Jesus has forgiven your sins. Give because your heart tells you to give.

How are you giving today?

I pray today that you will know what God has given you; that you will hear God’s guidance to you in giving; that you will give to God with a joyful heart; and that you will give for the right reasons.

 

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Zechariah 7:4-5 Why Did You Do It?

Then the word of the LORD Almighty came to me: “Ask all the people of the land and the priests, ‘When you fasted and mourned in the fifth and seventh months for the past seventy years, was it really for me that you fasted?'” Zechariah 7:4-5

The people had come to Zechariah asking if they should continue to fast as they had while they were in captivity for seventy years. When he presented that question to God, He asked if they were really fasting for Him during that time. In the next verses God accuses them of mourning and fasting only for themselves and not for Him.

Very often people do many things that appear to be good and done for the right reasons. Wealthy people give millions of dollars every year. It may be that they are doing it for the right reasons, but often it is more for a tax write-off, then out of love and care for the people. In this way it is done out of personal, selfish reasons.

In the church, the same type of action occurs. People who claim to be believers in Jesus, pray and give money…in public, but at home never take time to pray. In the church they will sing songs of praise to God, but at home listen to and sing songs that do not honor God at all.

Most of what is done is about appearance, just like the Israelites. They would fast and pray, but it was all about themselves looking good, or attempting to get God’s favor. People often do things in church to make themselves look like a good Christian believer. No one wants to be seen as they really are.

No matter what is done in the church, it should be done out of love for God and love for others. This is whether it is praying, worshipping, teaching, preaching, or serving in some other way.

As you do the actions that you do, ask yourself why you do them. Are those actions for God, for others, or for yourself?

Your focus of all that you do, should be for God’s purpose. Jesus came to seek and save the lost. Every action that you do should mirror those of Jesus–to seek and save the lost. Your prayers should be for God’s will to be done, not just to meet your own desires.

Why do you do what you do?

I pray today that you will do all things for God; that you will act according to God’s desires; that you will pray for God’s will, not your own desires; and that you will be a witness to this world.