Then the LORD spoke to Moses, saying: Speak to the children of Israel, that they bring Me an offering. From everyone who gives it willingly with his heart you shall take My offering. And this is the offering you shall take from them ... - Exodus 25:1-3 NKJV
How often do you ask yourself what God wants from you in the form of an offering? Do you know what would please Him coming from you specifically with respect to your own time, talents and treasure? I wonder how many people give God what He wants. I wonder how many times I allow my own motives or laziness to get in the way of what God wants from me specifically.
God is very specific with the types of offerings he wants from his children. In the initial days of Israel's relationship with him, God bent Moses' ear for 40 days on Mount Sinai explaining to Moses all the details surrounding God's laws, the temple construction and the type of offerings acceptable to Him. God knows exactly what he wants from us and tells us so.
The passage above tells us this:
- God wants offerings.
- God wants pure offerings.
- God wants specific offerings.
It is amazing to me that while God "owns" everything, he still wants something from us - a specific something. Why waste our time and treasure giving him something he doesn't even want with impure motives to top it all off? We definitely can't fool God. Remember, He has the ultimate in surveillance equipment - Himself! He knows what we can offer. Let's spend time with Him God through his word, seeking him and his will for our lives with sincerity, so we can give him the pure, specific offering he desires.
From learning to living...
- What can I offer to God that is specific to Him from me in the area of my abilities?
- How can I make a sincere offering of every area of my life to Him this week?
Janna Rust is a Life Coach and Speaker dedicated to encouraging others towards lives God intends for them. For more information, visit her at www.purposefulpartnerships.com.