SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 22ND 2019 MORNING
Exodus 36:2-7 New International Version (NIV)
2 Then Moses summoned Bezalel and Oholiab and every skilled person to whom the Lord had given ability and who was willing to come and do the work. 3 They received from Moses all the offerings the Israelites had brought to carry out the work of constructing the sanctuary. And the people continued to bring freewill offerings morning after morning. 4 So all the skilled workers who were doing all the work on the sanctuary left what they were doing 5 and said to Moses, “The people are bringing more than enough for doing the work the Lord commanded to be done.”
6 Then Moses gave an order and they sent this word throughout the camp: “No man or woman is to make anything else as an offering for the sanctuary.” And so the people were restrained from bringing more, 7 because what they already had was more than enough to do all the work.
Today I will share with you a story of a woman who was deeply moved by a message one Sunday. She had nothing to give when the offering plate came to her. She received the plate from the usher and hesitated, with tears flowing down her cheeks she desperately wished she had something to give. Finally, she stepped into the aisle and placed the offering plate on the floor. She surprised everyone by stepping into the plate and offering herself.
Stewardship is not just about how much of what I own will I give to God. It’s about how much of me am I willing to give. God requires us to give ourselves to Him before we give what we have.
JUMAPILI TAREHE 22 SEPTEMBA 2019 ASUBUHI
2 Basi Musa akawaita Bezaleli na Oholiabu, na kila mtu aliyekuwa na moyo wa akili, ambaye Bwana alimtia moyoni mwake hekima, kila mtu ambaye moyo wake ulimhimiza ili aende kuifanya kazi hiyo;
3 nao wakapokea mkononi mwa Musa matoleo yote, ambayo hao wana wa Israeli walikuwa wameyaleta kwa ajili ya huo utumishi wa mahali patakatifu, ili wapafanye. Kisha wakamletea matoleo kila siku asubuhi kwa moyo wa kupenda.
4 Na hao watu wote wenye hekima, waliotumika katika kazi yote ya mahali patakatifu, wakaenda kila mtu kutoka katika kazi yake aliyokuwa akiifanya;
5 nao wakasema na Musa, na kumwambia, Watu waleta vitu vingi sana zaidi ya hivyo vitoshavyo kwa ajili ya utumishi wa hiyo kazi, ambayo Bwana aliagiza ifanywe.
6 Basi Musa akatoa amri, nao wakatangaza mbiu katika marago yote, wakisema, Wasifanye kazi tena, mtu mume wala mwanamke, kwa ajili ya matoleo kwa mahali patakatifu. Basi watu wakazuiwa wasilete tena.
7 Kwani vile vitu walivyokuwa navyo vilikuwa vyatosha kwa kuifanya kazi hiyo yote, kisha vilizidi.
Leo nitawashirikisha habari ya mama mmoja aliyeguswa sana na mahubiri siku ya Jumapili. Hakuwa na chochote cha kutoa wakati chombo cha sadaka kilipomfikia. Alikipokea kile chombo toka kwa mhudumu; huku machozi yakimtiririka, alitamani kama angekuwa na kitu cha kumtolea Mungu. Hatimaye, alisogea na kukiweka kile chombo cha sadaka chini sakafuni. Aliwashangaza wengi kwa kuamua kuingia na kusimama ndani ya kile chombo cha sadaka.
Uwakili haumaanishi; “kiasi gani katika vitu nilivyonavyo nitamtolea Mungu”. Uwakili maana yake ni “kiasi gani ninaweza kujitoa kwa Mungu”. Mungu anahitaji tujitoe miili na roho zetu kwake, kabla ya kumtolea mali zetu.