Friday, January 22, 2010

Willing Hearts

Yearly Reading: Exodus 35-39

All the Israelite men and women whose hearts made them willing to bring anything for the work that the Lord had commanded by Moses to be done, brought it as a freewill offering to the Lord. Exodus 35:29 NRSV

Is your heart willing to bring a gift to God?

This past week my heart has certainly felt guilty about giving gifts to help the Haitian people. And I can see how often I am guilted into giving, whether at church or for charities.

But that is not what God wants when you and I give.

God wants us to be willing to give. To be moved to give. To have a heart-felt reason to give.

This isn't about duty or guilt. This is about love.

When your heart is involved, it is something you love and care about. When your heart is involved, you give joyfully. When your heart is involved, God is also involved.

God, give us willing hearts to give. In Jesus' name. Amen.

Copyright 2010 Amelia G. Sims

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