Exodus 35-36

“All whose hearts were stirred and whose spirits were moved came and brought their sacred offerings to the Lord. They brought all the materials needed for the Tabernacle, for the performance of its rituals, and for the sacred garments.” 35:21

What a beautiful picture of God’s people coming together, offering what they have and working as a community. 

There is no stopping someone whose heart is stirred by the Spirit. I’ve seen people hand over the keys to a car, give large checks of money, walk away from high-paying jobs, give away their prized possession and leave places they love, all in the name of the Lord. 

When is a time God has stirred you to do something? It’s an undeniable feeling that propels you to do something you’d never find yourself doing without him prompting you. 

If you have a relationship with God, and you haven’t experienced that, something’s up. Usually for me, this means I’m not putting myself in a position where I can be informed. I’m not praying or connecting spiritually, I haven’t attended church or am in general distancing myself from God’s people. 

It can be intimidating to engage in God’s work, and maybe you’re even dreading what he’ll ask you to do or hand over. But when we are submitting our lives to God in obedience, there is nothing more fulfilling or rewarding. Nothing! I love imagining the Israelites staggering back to get a look at all their hard work. The large curtains sewn. The perfectly carved gold posts. Enough gifts for the sanctuary that Moses started turning them away! 

If everyone gave away their resources and gifting this generously, I don’t think there would ever be any needs unmet.

Is God stirring your heart towards something? 

Are you making yourself available for opportunities within your community? Are you informed? 

You don’t have to aggressively hunt down opportunities to serve God. Simply engaging with people will present them. This means checking in, asking “anything I can do to help?” with a genuine heart. Leaving space in your day to hear from God. Allowing room for quietness so you’ll notice when he’s pulling you towards something. 

I hope one day to be like the Israelites, offering so much of myself that all the needs in my community are met. Stepping back to admire all our hard work and sacrifice coming together to complete God’s plans and bring him glory. 
-Carly 

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