As we read from Exodus 36 we might marvel at the outpouring of generosity that Moses was experiencing when building the new sanctuary: “So Moses gave command, and word was proclaimed throughout the camp, “Let no man or woman do anything more for the contribution for the sanctuary.” So the people were restrained from bringing, for the material they had was sufficient to do all the work, and more.” Exo 36:6-7
This seems amazing and we may wonder if such a thing could happen today. Actually it could and it does happen. We do hear of congregations that have an “oversubscription” to various mission efforts! It might be a building program, but not always. We see it at times of disaster relief or unusual local need. There are a host of “GoFundMe” and other such efforts that yield an abundant response.
When something is really, really important to us and when we respond with a sacrificial faith the results can be way more than we expected! Sometimes people respond out of obligation or civic responsibility and at other times it is to a clear and obvious need. While these may be fruitful, a higher reason for response is because of a joyful and thankful heart! It is a joy to give a gift that you truly WANT to give! As we enjoy God’s generosity to us we often respond with generosity. St. John writes, “See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him. Dear friends, now we are children of God, and what we will be has not yet been made known. But we know that when Christ appears, we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is. I John 3:1-2
While God does not need “our” money it is good for us to learn, know and practice generosity in the response to His love for us!
“Christian stewardship is the free and joyous activity of the child of God and God’s family, the Church, in managing all of life and life’s resources for God’s purposes.”. LCMS Definition of Stewardship.