20 Then all the congregation of the sons of Israel departed from the presence of Moses. 21 And they came, everyone whose heart stirred him, and everyone whose spirit moved him, bringing the LORD’s contribution to be used for the tent of meeting, and for all its service, and for the holy garments. 22 So they came, both men and women. All who had an inclined heart brought brooches and earrings and signet rings and armlets, all kinds of gold objects, every man dedicating an offering of gold to the LORD. 23 And every one who possessed blue or purple or scarlet yarns or fine linen or goats’ hair or tanned rams’ skins or goatskins brought them. 24 Everyone who could make a contribution of silver or bronze brought it as the LORD’s contribution. And every one who possessed acacia wood of any use in the work brought it. 25 And every skillful woman spun with her hands, and they all brought what they had spun in blue and purple and scarlet yarns and fine twined linen. 26 All the women whose hearts stirred them to use their skill spun the goats’ hair. 27 And the leaders brought onyx stones and other stones to be set, for the ephod and for the sacred pouch, 28 and spices and oil for the light, and for the anointing oil, and for the fragrant incense. 29 All the men and women, the sons of Israel, whose heart moved them to bring anything for the work that the LORD had commanded by Moses to be done brought it as a freewill offering to the LORD.
everyone who could
Construction of the tabernacle would be the work of those with specialized skill and calling. But the raw materials and the constructed and collected elements of the tabernacle could be given by anyone in the camp. It was an equal opportunity project. Everyone who had been given a gift fit for this symbol of the LORD’s presence brought that gift and contributed it as a freewill offering to the work.
Today, the LORD is doing a special building project among his people themselves. He uses a similar means of ministering to the world. He gives gifts to men and women, and inclines the hearts of those gifted to contribute those gifts to his work. What would the church look like today if the ministry was not left to a few professionals, but everyone who could – would?
LORD, incline our hearts to share the gifts you have given us for the building up of the whole church.