Exodus 35:4, 5, 20-29
The Lord loveth a cheerful giver. His revenues are his due, yet they are not levied as a tax, but given spontaneously by willing minds. Every Israelite should be a giver, for he is a receiver.
They went off at once to fetch their offering; promptness is a sign of willingness.
Some there were who loved their gold better than their God, but the majority were free hearted, and gave not of constraint but joyfully.
This is a good example. If Christian women would cast their ornaments into God’s treasury, and if godly men would present their superfluity of gold, there would be enough and to spare.
The gifts varied in value but not in acceptance; where they were willingly given they were graciously accepted.
Exodus 35:25, 26
Work is as good as material. The women worked with their best skill. When the needle is used for the Lord it ought to be the best needlework in the world.
Shall we allow those who were under the law to outstrip us who are under the gospel? Nay, rather let us far exceed them in gifts unto the Lord our God.
Paul gives admirable directions for contributing to the cause of God in
2 Corinthians 9:6-8
2 Corinthians 9:6
Both in temporals and spirituals men will find that this rule holds good. Those who stint the Lord stint themselves. Little give, little have.
2 Corinthians 9:8
Notice the many “alls” here, may we have them all, and then abound in giving.
1 Corinthians 16:2
1 Corinthians 16:2
This is the true Christian custom to lay by the Lord’s portion weekly and then give from the Lord’s purse to the various works which need our help. From the oldest to the youngest let us all be cheerful givers.
The mite my willing hands can give,
At Jesus’ feet I lay;
Grace shall the humble gift receive,
And heaven at last repay.
Ne’er shall thy service stand in need
While substance, Lord, is mine;
To give to thee is bliss indeed,
For all I have is thine.