How heartening it must have been for Moses, Aaron, and the elders of Israel to witness such an outpouring among them. Stirred hearts and spirits filled the camp, and contributions began to flow like water from a bursted dam (cf. Ex. 35:20ff). Their hearts moved and their pursestrings opened wide (cf. Ex. 35:26,29). People put their talents to work with their treasures, too, using their abilities to do the Lord's work. The climax of this account comes when the skilled men came each from their work stations with a similar report, that "The people are bringing much more than enough for the construction work which the LORD commanded us to perform" (Ex. 36:5). Moses had to command the people to stop giving, saying, "Let no man or woman any longer perform work for the contributions of the sanctuary" (Ex. 36:6). The Bible actually says, "Thus the people were restrained from bringing any more" (Ex. 36:7). Incredible!
Too many times, churches may have heard their leaders and ministers try to restrain them from moral, attitudinal, or doctrinal sins. Israel was restrained from giving any more. Imagine what could be done in evangelism, missions, benevolence, advertising, audio-visual technology, and general church growth if the church caught this spirit of relentless giving! So, how does that start? Doesn't it begin with each of us having our hearts and minds stirred by a conviction about how important the Lord's work is and how tangibly we can play a part through our giving?
Thanks to this church's boundless generosity, many young men have had their hearts turned to full-time missions and preaching. Churches around this country and the world have been blessed by their efforts and eternity will no doubt be filled with people reached by these men who were encouraged by the heartfelt, unrestrained giving of brothers and sisters in Christ! It is amazing to see what God can do with the open hearts, hands, and wallets of generous Christians!