Moses asked the Israelites to contribute to building and furnishing the Tabernacle. Many were willing to give; some precious stones, others with more meager means, shared what they had that was a part of Moses’ list. When your pastor asks for an offering, do you dismiss it or give it willingly? When there are needs within your church, do you think that came about by accident, or do you think it might be a road God has you walk down to show your commitment to Him? Remember, only a few received the Holy Spirit in the Old Testament, so when Moses asked for the offering, their willingness had to come from their human spirit. They wanted a place to worship, so the ones who remained after the Levites and plague killed the worshippers of the golden calf were willing to help. Consider the needs of your church, and when your pastor asks for a contribution, do what your heart leads you to do; having the Holy Spirit should lead you to do above and beyond what your human spirit would allow. We have so much to be grateful for, so if there is a need in your church, show your gratitude to God by giving as much as the Holy Spirit compels you.
The children of Israel brought a willing offering unto the LORD, every man and woman, whose heart made them willing to bring for all manner of work, which the LORD had commanded to be made by the hand of Moses. Exodus 35:29