Alan Wildes

Alan Wildes

Pastors, tell your people to stop giving?

In my daily Bible reading this morning I read Exodus 36.  Well, I started reading Exodus 36 and made it through verse 7 and then decided I need to write this post.

Here’s the text:

 Then Moses summoned Bezalel and Oholiab and every skilled person to whom the Lord had given ability and who was willing to come and do the work. 3 They received from Moses all the offerings the Israelites had brought to carry out the work of constructing the sanctuary. And the people continued to bring freewill offerings morning after morning. 4 So all the skilled workers who were doing all the work on the sanctuary left what they were doing 5 and said to Moses, “The people are bringing more than enough for doing the work the Lord commanded to be done.”

6 Then Moses gave an order and they sent this word throughout the camp: “No man or woman is to make anything else as an offering for the sanctuary.” And so the people were restrained from bringing more, 7 because what they already had was more than enough to do all the work.

My immediate response to this was “Why were people so willing to continue to give that the builders and Moses had to tell them to stop?”

My answer is “They were were being obedient to God and they were giving to something that mattered deeply to them.”  Can it be that simple?

Could you tell the people of your church to stop giving?

I’d love to hear your thoughts.

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