Are You Willing?

Charlie Chim
Exodus 35:29 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.

Throughout the Word of God, we see many examples of how God used a single individual to accomplish great and mighty things for His purpose.  God used Noah to build the Ark and preach the message of repentance to a sinful and corrupt generation.  God used Moses to deliver His people from the mighty hand of Pharaoh, as well as perform many amazing miracles in the process.

God used the prophet Elijah to oppose the evil reign of King Ahab and Queen Jezebel.  Through God’s power, Elijah was able to pray fire down from Heaven to consume an offering that was drenched with water.  He was also given the strength to slay the 450 false prophets of Baal.

God was even able to use Jonah to bring revival to the nation of Nineveh.  Though reluctant at first, eventually Jonah saw the importance of following God’s orders precisely, and as a result, many came to the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ.  God used David, the young shepherd boy, to slay the Goliath the giant, the champion of the Philistines.

God used some fishermen, a publican, and a few other normal men to be His disciples and as a result of their yielding, they were able to help turn the world upside down for the Lord.  God also took a persecutor of Christians by the name of Saul of Tarsus, converted him on the road to Damascus and transformed him into one of the greatest Christians that ever lived.

I think it’s pretty clear, that God can use anybody to do mighty things for Him. It’s also abundantly clear that God wants to continue to look for people to use for His purpose.  The common denominator in all of these Christians was that they were willing! They were willing to leave the comforts of their day to day life.  

They weren’t interested in the normal but rather the miraculous.  They wanted to see something special happen for God’s glory, and they not only wanted to see it, they also wanted to be the very tool that God used to accomplish it.  

The Bible tells us in Exodus 35 that the tabernacle was funded by the “willful” offering of God’s people.

Exodus 35:29 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

Probably one of the greatest examples of a Christian willing to be fully yielded to God for His purpose was none other than Isaiah. The Bible tells us in Isaiah 6:8, “Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, whom shall I send, and who will go for us? Then said I, Here am I; send me.”  Here we see a need presented by God Himself. God was looking for someone willing to help reprove His people because of their blindness and sinfulness.  He also wanted someone to foretell them of their coming ruin and destruction.

We then see Isaiah’s immediate response to that need.  The Word of God shows us that Isaiah was more than willing to step up to the plate to fulfill God’s need, and it was proven with his response of, “Here am I; send me.” Can you imagine with me for just a short while, how efficient our church would be, and just how much we could accomplish for God if all of our members had this very attitude?

There would be no shortage in ministry workers.  There would not be any need for building campaigns because the church would have plenty financially as a result of faithful tithing church members. There would be no need to utilize the same members over and over again for everything and anything because now, there would be a vast crew of people ready to serve!

II Corinthians 9:7 Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver.

Charlie Chim

Bro Chim and his wife joyfully serve the Lord together as he teaches the Foundations Adult Bible Class. They have five amazing children. Bro Chim serves the Lord full-time as the principal of Pacific Baptist School.

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