They came, men and women alike, all who had willing hearts. They brought brooches, earrings, rings and ornaments, all kinds of gold jewelry, and everyone came who waved a wave offering of gold to the Lord.
[Exod 35:22 NET]
When the ancient Hebrews were preparing to make a tabernacle for God, they brought the richest and best things they had. They looked on their heirlooms and their most prized possessions, and brought the things which were dearest and most sacred, to God.
WE should follow the same rule when we are giving to God. When we make presents to those whom we love tenderly, we are at great pains to get the best and loveliest gifts we can find.
But do we always bring Christ the best?
Do we give Him the best of our heart’s affections?
Do we bring Him the best of our life, our time, our energy?
Do we do our best work in His service?
Are our gifts for Him–the most precious things we possess?
These Israelites brought their gold jewelry of all kinds: medallions, earrings, rings from their fingers, and necklaces. They had nothing that was too good or too precious to be offered to God.
Is it thus with, us? Do we not sometimes bring to God–the very smallest gifts we can find? We keep the bright gold and the large bills for ourselves–and give Him the dimes and nickels!
Just so of our time, of our thoughts, our skills, our energies. We put Him off too often with what is left over–after we have served ourselves!