Words from the Heart for Wednesday January 23rd, 2019
Tell the Israelites to bring me an offering. You are to receive the offering for me from everyone whose heart prompts them to give.
Exodus 25:2 (NIV)
From the Heart
Gimli, a tiny town of just over 2,000, is the heart of ‘New Iceland’ in Canada, a region that boasts the most Icelanders outside of Iceland. Located about an hour north of Winnipeg, the town was founded by Icelandic immigrants in the late 19th Century. It’s a legacy the descendants of these first pioneers are still proud of. In Norse mythology Gimlé is a pagan heaven. And heaven is what the land now known as Gimli must have seemed like to the first Icelandic settlers when they arrived on October 21, 1875.
There is a tension to living the Christian life. God’s commandments are clear. He lays out before us what His will is for our lives and calls us to that. But He doesn’t want a people who are forced to follow Him. The Christian faith is always one of the heart. This has always been the case. Back in Exodus 25:2 we read: “Tell the Israelites to bring me an offering. You are to receive the offering for me from everyone whose heart prompts them to give.” God commands the Israelites to bring an offering. That is God’s command. But then the Lord says that Moses is to receive the offering from everyone whose heart prompts them to give. The Holy Spirit is obviously at work in the lives of all who love the Lord Jesus. He prompts us to give, and all who truly love the Lord desire to be obedient to God’s will for our lives. We must be at the point where our desire is to be completely obedient to that which God calls us. When the Lord calls you to something, or prompts you to do something for Him, does He know that you will always be obedient? I’m Bob Beasley and these have been words from the heart.
These have been words from the heart.