Read Exodus 25
Focus on verse 2
One of the components of church life that is often misunderstood is the offering. It is misunderstood by people both within and outside the church. It is unfortunate that the church has at times allowed this part of the worship of God to become little more than a fundraiser. While the funds collected from an offering are used to finance the operations of the church, I don’t believe that this should be the main reasons to give. In today’s reading Moses describes how God instructed him to take offering taken from the people of Israel in order to begin building the tabernacle.
Speak to the people of Israel, that they take for me a contribution. From every man whose heart moves him you shall receive the contribution for me.(v. 2)
This would appear to be one of the first occasions that the Lord instructs Moses to take up an offering from the people. This is clearly a voluntary offering, as only those whose heart moves them to give are instructed to contribute. The purpose of the offering is to begin construction on structure and furnishings of the Tabernacle, which was pretty much a tent for God to dwell in as He led them through the wilderness. Obviously God didn’t need a tent, to dwell in, the purpose of this tent is for the people – to give them a visible presence of God in their midst as well as a cause for them to rally around.
God continues to work in the same way – he has not changed. He continues to give His people causes to rally around, cases that’s require material resources, which should serve to give us a sense of His presence as well as to advance the cause of His kingdom.