March 11

Exodus 36:2-7

More than enough

Now that Moses was back, and the Israelites had seen God’s awesome power, they realized that it had been a bad idea to make the golden calf.

God was giving them another chance to show their love for Him by letting them bring gifts that would be used to build the Tabernacle. The Tabernacle would be a special place where God would meet with them—right in their camp!

The people were so excited that they brought piles and piles of stuff: there was a pile for gold, a pile for silver, a pile for fine linen. Eventually there was so much that Moses had to tell everyone to stop bringing things. (The full list of things people brought is in Exodus 25:1-7).

Can I also give something to God’s work?

God loves a cheerful giver (2 Corinthians 9:7). God loves it when we give freely, without feeling that we have to give something to stay in His ‘good books’.

Remember how the wise men traveled a long way to take beautiful gifts to Jesus the King of kings (Matthew 2:11). They did not just send a few gifts with someone traveling that way. They wanted to take the gifts themselves. When we give to God, we should become part of the gift by giving of ourselves, our time, and perhaps even some of our hard-earned pocket money.

God can use whatever we give when we give with a heart of joy. By giving to God, we worship Him and show Him our love. Remember, Jesus sees even the smallest love-gift you give.

Verse for today

But a poor widow came and put in two very small copper coins, worth only a fraction of a penny. Calling his disciples to him, Jesus said, "I tell you the truth, this poor widow has put more into the treasury than all the others. Mark 12:42-43