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REF: EXODUS 36:1-7; 2 CORINTHIANS 8:1-15
Many people struggle with the question of giving. They constantly ask themselves why God requires them to give. One, we need to understand is that the only reason why God want us to give is because He wants to involve us in transforming our lives and others, to transform the life of the community and generally to make the world a better place for all to live in. The main reason God wants to involve us in transforming our lives is because He did not make us like robots but logical creatures with ability to think and be creative. In Genesis 1:27f, we read that God created man in His own image, in the image of God; He created them male and female. God blessed them and said to them, be fruitful and multiply and subdue the earth. In other words, human beings were the epic of God's creation. They were created in God's image in that they can reason, worship God and be creative. In Psalms 8:5, the high position that God has placed human beings is described when the Psalmist say that human beings were created just a little lower than the heavenly beings and therefore human beings are given a special role as the steward of God's earth and therefore should co-work with God in making the world a better place and this is done through giving tithes, offertory, love offering, thanksgiving etc.

In Exodus 35 and 36, we read about the Israelites and how they contributed in building the first sanctuary. That is the place where they would meet to worship God, learn about how to relate with Him and how to relate with one another for the betterment of their own lives as a community. In Exodus 35:5, we see God appealing to them to take an offering of gold, silver, bronze, fine linen, goat hair, acacia wood, olive oil, onyx stones etc. in verse 10, we also find those with skills on building, weaving etc. being encouraged to volunteer their skills for the work. The Israelites acted on the appeal from God and all those who heard and were moved by God's appeal took their offerings in terms of gold, silver, bronze, skills etc. In exodus 36:1-7, we read that people gave so willingly with all their hearts that Moses had to stop them from any further giving for they gave more than what was required. This is called sacrificial giving. In 2 Corinthians 8:1-15, Paul gives an example of sacrificial giving highlighting the church at Macedonia who gave beyond what was expected of them. Despite their extreme poverty, they gave and supported the work of God so much. Paul explains that they were able to do this because; they first gave their hearts to God and then gave their resources for the work of God.

We need to remind us that we are privileged to co-work with God in making the world a betterplace. Building a bigger sanctuary is an evangelistic enterprise that will attract many people to go and worship there as has been proved in many places. As Paul's says in 2 Corinthians 8:7, as we excel in everything in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in complete earnestness and in our love, let us also excel in the grace of giving. God want us to give our hearts to Him first and this will motivate us to support the work of God in a greater way. We will not give the remnants of our resources after we have done everything else but we will plan on how we will support the work of God. In giving sacrificially, we will be counted among the special vessels that God uses for very special purposes (2 Timothy 2:20) and hence are cared for in a very special way. May God help us to go out and give sacrificially in the upcoming Church project for His glory. Amen!