Moved by the Spirit

Then all the congregation of the Israelites left Moses’ presence.  Everyone whose heart stirred him and everyone whose spirit moved him came and brought the Lord’s offering to be used for the Tent of Meeting, for all its service, and for the holy garments.  Then all whose hearts moved them, both men and women, came and brought brooches, earrings or nose rings, signet rings, and necklaces, all jewels of gold; everyone bringing an offering of gold to the Lord. Every man who had in his possession blue or purple or scarlet fabric, and fine linen, and goats’ hair, and [e]rams’ skins dyed red and [f]porpoise skins, brought them.  Everyone who could make an offering of silver or bronze brought it as the Lord’s offering; every man who had in his possession acacia wood for any work of the service brought it.  All the skilled and talented women spun thread with their hands, and brought what they had spun, blue and purple and scarlet fabric and fine linen.  All the women whose heart stirred with a skill spun the goats’ hair.  The leaders brought onyx stones and other stones to be put in settings for the ephod and for the breastpiece,  and spice and [olive] oil for the light and for the anointing oil and for the fragrant incense.  The Israelites, all the men and women whose heart moved them to bring material for all the work which the Lord had commanded through Moses to be done, brought a freewill (voluntary) offering to the Lord. – Exodus 35:20-29

Givers are those whom God’s spirit has made willing to give or who, endowed with a free and liberal spirit, were heartily willing to bear a part of the cause, and cheerfully give – – the willing mind, as well as the ability, were given them of God. Gill’s Exposition

It was as a person’s heart stirred. And that is always the secret of true giving, as God stirs your heart, as God lays it upon your heart. And as you’re willing to give so you should give unto God, but never, never by constraint, never by pressure, never by begging. It cheapens God to beg people to support Him. Chuck Smith Commentary

Spirits stimulated (moved)– ב ַדָנ nadab {naw-dab’} Meaning: 1) to incite, impel, make willing – Clover

Reasons for giving —

1. They gave in response to the command of God

2. God used their stuff to build his tabernacle

3. They gave in response to grace

4. They gave anticipating the future

5. Giving was both free and Spirit-prompted

Most people don’t have a difficult time seeing that the “work” that I do for a living is one that involves spiritual things. As a fundraiser for a ministry, I look at my work as a spiritual ministry. Spiritual work requires that we do things spiritually.  What that means is that I need to be a man of prayer.

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Moved by the Spirit

 

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