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Their Hearts Moved Them

Their Hearts Moved Them

03 February 2010

Today’s Reading: Exodus 35-36; Acts 10

Scripture:

Every man and woman in Israel whose heart moved them freely to bring something for the work that God through Moses had commanded them to make, brought it, a voluntary offering for God. (Exodus 35:29 The Message)

Three things stand out to me in the story of Israel beginning to construct the Tabernacle: The willingness of the people to give, the amazing resources available in the wilderness, and the high level of skills among the people.

Moses described the Tabernacle God had shown him on the mountain and the people’s hearts were stirred to give and work to construct it. Key phrases that describe the people’s attitude are: Willing to give, hearts roused, spirits freely responsive, wanted to offer, willing spirits, hearts moved them freely, voluntary offering.

The project required a lot of very valuable items, some quite large, that you wouldn’t expect to find among a group of people who had just escaped 400 years of slavery and were camping in the desert, miles from nowhere. Yet when Moses spelled out what was needed, not only was there enough, there was more than enough!

God had prepared two men with the skills needed to design and make the Tabernacle and all its furnishings and equipment. Not only could they design, they could teach others, and they could lead and oversee. Under their leadership all the skills and talents and abilities surfaced to get the job done.

I believe that God has placed the resources, the skills, and the abilities to do his work in people. When people’s hearts are moved the resources and skills come forth. Leaders must show them a picture of what God wants built and then allow the Holy Spirit to stir hearts, gift leaders, and empower workers.

Prayer:

Father, I know this is an over-simplification of a very complex matter, but I believe the principles hold true. Clear vision leads to willing hearts – willing to give and willing to serve. You’ll place the resources in the hands of the people and no one will know how much is there until they begin to bring them. And you have chosen key people with skill and the ability to teach and lead. Help us learn to do this your way. Amen.

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