Everyone whose heart stirred him, and everyone whose spirit moved him.
Is that the way I think about the offering I make? In our efforts to make giving more convenient, have we lost some of the aspect of worship through giving. Many of us do our giving online, allowing us to give immediately and first from our paycheck, before paying any other bills.
The Israelites' hearts stirred and they were moved to bring their possessions. Their jewelry. Their animals. The things they had worked with their hands to make. Somehow that seems so much more personal than writing a checking or clicking an electronic transfer online.
I'm not advocating we start taking our jewelry off and dropping it in the offering plate as it passes by, but I wonder if we have allowed our giving to become so routine that we forget this notion of allowing God to stir our heart, to move our spirit.
May our giving truly reflect our gratitude and praise for what God has done for us! How do you take advantage of the modern convenience of online giving while still remaining open to the Holy Spirit prompting your giving?