Only those willing to give are invited

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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Tuesday, January 24, 2017

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May you find comfort, encouragement, guidance, hope, inspiration, love, and peace – May you also find answers to your question(s) through the Scriptures that address every situation you face, and help with your problems. Deb

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Today’s scripture reading:

God did not require these special offerings, but he appealed to people with generous hearts. Only those who were willing to give were invited to participate. God loves people who give cheerfully. Our giving should be from love and generosity, not from a guilty conscience. (NLT)

Exodus 35:4-9 – Then Moses said to all the people, “This is what the Lord has commanded. Everyone is invited to bring these offerings to the Lord: gold, silver, and bronze; blue, purple, and scarlet yarn; fine linen; goat hair for cloth; tanned ram skins and find goatskin leather; acacia wood; olive oil for the lamps; spices for the anointing oil and the fragrant incense; onyx stones, and other stones to be set in the ephod and the chestpiece.

Isaiah wrote, “I heard the voice of the Lord saying, ‘Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?’” –Isaiah 6:8 (NIV)

Harriet Michael (Kentucky) titled her story “CALLING ALL VOLUNTEERS!” Here is Harriet’s story:

“This verse from Isaiah was one of the verses that touched my mother’s heart with the desire to become a missionary. Many times I heard the story of how my mom felt called as a young girl to go preach to foreign lands. But she was from a very poor and uneducated family. In fact, she was the first person in her family to graduate from high school. Nevertheless, she surrendered to God’s call, went to nursing school, and there met a young medical student who also felt called to foreign missions.

“Even though this verse is quite familiar to me, last Sunday I gained new insight into its meaning: God takes volunteers! Whether a person is rich or poor, educated or uneducated, God openly receives all who volunteer to be of service. God has work that can be done by anyone and everyone.

“In today’s reading Moses tells the children of Israel that everyone who is willing should bring the Lord an offering for a special purpose. ‘Everyone who is willing.’ Isn’t that wonderful? God takes volunteers and gives them amazing jobs to do!”

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – If I volunteer, God will give me work to do.

Prayer: Gracious heavenly Father, give us willing hearts to serve you. In your son’s name. Amen.


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