Over the past few months I have been haunted by an idea, a phrase that came about from a journal reading. The idea came from Exodus 35 and 36, specifically 35:21 and 36:4-7…
“Then everyone came whose heart was stirred, and everyone whose spirit was willing, and they brought the Lord’s offering for the work of the tabernacle of meeting, for all its service, and for the holy garments.” Exodus 35:21
“Then all the craftsmen who were doing all the work of the sanctuary came, each from the work he was doing, and they spoke to Moses, saying, “The people bring much more than enough for the service of the work which the Lord commanded us to do.”
So Moses gave a commandment, and they caused it to be proclaimed throughout the camp, saying, “Let neither man nor woman do any more work for the offering of the sanctuary.” And the people were restrained from bringing, for the material they had was sufficient for all the work to be done—indeed too much.” Exodus 36:4-7
How incredible. As they were working on creating the tabernacle for the Lord – the place where the presence of God would dwell (!!), the people with willing hearts gave of what they had. As each person gave from what they had, both possessions and talents THERE WAS MORE THAN ENOUGH FOR WHAT WAS TO BE DONE.
More than enough.
Nowhere in this passage did it say that the people judged their gift based on what others were giving but instead it says that they brought freely from what they had and all together it was ALL they needed for ALL parts of the tabernacle. Actually, it was MORE THAN all they needed.
I think too often we look at our “give” and we judge it against what we see others giving. We judge the type, we judge the amount, we judge what looks to be the quality... and often in this judging we judge our “give” to not be enough and so WE DON’T GIVE IT. What we forget is that it takes many types and qualities and quantities of GIVES to make complete the calling of God on His people.
Recently I was reminded of this passage and an incident found in Acts. There are currently many situations and people in my life who are going through hard times. They are going through situations that I can’t fix. I feel worthless because I wonder what I have to giveto them. And it is in these moments that I remember a time where Peter, like me, didn’t have what a situation looked to need… but what he does have, he freely gives.
“Then Peter said, ‘Silver or gold I do not have, but what I do have I give you. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, walk.'” Acts 3:6
Peter doesn’t have money but what he has is more powerful. Peter doesn’t have physical resources but he has miraculous resources that go beyond time.
Although I don’t always have money to give, solutions to the problem or even words to bring comfort, I don’t have the immediate resources, there is something I do have and like Peter it goes beyond…. I have God. I have His presence and power inside of me. Like Peter I have the miraculous resource of the presence of God within me who brings peace and healing.
My give is not dictated by what I think I have or don’t have but instead my give is dictated by His Spirit inside me. In Him there is fullness and He enables me to give what is needed in those moments. And so, I give of what I do have, Him.
What is your give?