The erosion of Christian’s heart happens quickly. Man underestimates the deceitfulness of his own heart (Jer. 17:9), and how quickly an unguarded can be turned away from God.
Exodus 35 is where God requests the people to give offerings to provide the materials and resources for the building of the tabernacle, but the foundation for the offerings would be a willing heart.
Exodus 35:5 (KJV)
5 Take ye from among you an offering unto the LORD: whosoever is of a willing heart, let him bring it, an offering of the LORD; gold, and silver, and brass,
Exodus 35:21-22 (KJV)
21 And they came, every one whose heart stirred him up, and every one whom his spirit made willing, and they brought the LORD’S offering to the work of the tabernacle of the congregation, and for all his service, and for the holy garments.
22 And they came, both men and women, as many as were willing hearted, and brought bracelets, and earrings, and rings, and tablets, all jewels of gold: and every man that offered offered an offering of gold unto the LORD.
Exodus 35:29 (KJV)
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, which the LORD had commanded to be made by the hand of Moses.
A stirred heart is a servant’s heart. It is vital that God stirs my heart often because the heart is so susceptible to coldness and stubbornness, to apathy and indifference.
Wise hearted Christians are those whom God has stirred and made willing. Wise hearted people are willing to do and give anything for the cause of Christ.
Exodus 35:25 (KJV)
25And all the women that were wise hearted did spin with their hands, and brought that which they had spun, both of blue, and of purple, and of scarlet, and of fine linen.
A stirred heart becomes an abundant supplier for God’s work.
Exodus 36:5 (KJV)
5 And they spake unto Moses, saying, The people bring much more than enough for the service of the work, which the LORD commanded to make.
1 Corinthians 16:17 (KJV)
17 I am glad of the coming of Stephanas and Fortunatus and Achaicus: for that which was lacking on your part they have supplied.
When the people were stirred and willing, and gave generously, the work of the Lord had more than enough. This truth is also flushed out in 2 Corinthians 8.
2 Corinthians 8:1-5 (KJV)
1 Moreover, brethren, we do you to wit of the grace of God bestowed on the churches of Macedonia;
2 How that in a great trial of affliction the abundance of their joy and their deep poverty abounded unto the riches of their liberality.
3 For to their power, I bear record, yea, and beyond their power they were willing of themselves;
4 Praying us with much intreaty that we would receive the gift, and take upon us the fellowship of the ministering to the saints.
5 And this they did, not as we hoped, but first gave their own selves to the Lord, and unto us by the will of God.
The stirring of a heart by God is manifested through surrender. Surrender has no strings attached. Surrender is complete availability. Self is always fighting for the throne of man’s heart. Therefore, a heart that is not stirred through preaching, and through Bible study and prayer, and through the Spirit of God, is a heart where self will actively fight to reign over one’s heart.
Romans 12:1-2 (KJV)
1 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.
2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
Do you need a stirring of your heart again for the ministry you serve in? Do you need a stirring of the heart in order to give out of delight and willingness? Do you need a stirring of your heart? Has it grown cold and indifferent, apathetic, stubborn, hard, unwilling? Have you drifted from having a servant’s heart? Have you lost the spirit of a volunteer? Then it is clear what you need – You need God to stir your heart and make it willing again? Would you put that personal need before God today in prayer?