It can be fun to give. There’s been times I have given to someone or something and really enjoyed it. There’s also been times where I have given and it didn’t feel fun at all. In fact, I wasn’t even remotely happy about it. I’m sure some of that had to do with whether or not it felt like an obligation. But it also probably had something to do with my willingness. And maybe my attitude. Maybe.
Exodus 35:29 All the Israelite men and women who were willing brought to the Lord freewill offerings for all the work the Lord through Moses had commended them to do.
Apparently, only the willing people gave. The ones who were hesitant, stingy, and greedy didn’t give. Nope. Only the willing ones. Now look closely here, it doesn’t say, only the rich ones. It doesn’t say, only the ones who had excess. It says the willing ones. And in this case, the offerings brought by the willing ones was enough to get the work done.
Doesn’t that seem to be the way God works? He works with the willing ones. When there is a great work to be done, He doesn’t drag people into it. He doesn’t spend His time trying to convince the most talented and wealthy people to get involved. He simply uses the willing ones. The question I have for you today is this: are you a willing one? Will you be counted among those who did something great for God? Not because you had to. Not because you had all the resources in the world. Not because you had all the skills necessary. But simply because you were willing.
Be a willing one!