One of the great insights Pastor Mark brought out on Shabbat is that the King of Heaven wants only volunteers. No one is drafted or forced into His army. The invitation to join His Kingdom goes out to everyone, but only volunteers are accepted. It takes a change of heart to come into His Kingdom. He is looking for volunteers whose hearts are willing, stirred, and generous. When hearts are willing, stirred, and generous, a process begins – building begins. The King has the building material He can use, and that heart goes on His potter’s wheel, where He can form and fashion it. While on that potter’s wheel, that heart can be molded and shaped and filled with His love and His Word. It can be filled with His purposes and His desire for that heart to pursue righteousness with everything it has. So much takes place in that heart while it is being formed and fashioned. Sometimes that heart overflows with praise and other times it cries out for mercy, but that heart that is willing never stops going to the King who is molding it.
Exodus 35:4,5: Moses said to all the congregation of the people of Israel, “This is the thing that the LORD has commanded. Take from among you a contribution to the LORD. Whoever is of a generous heart, let him bring the LORD’s contribution: gold, silver, and bronze.”
Exodus 35:20-22: And all the congregation of the children of Israel departed from the presence of Moses. And they came, everyone whose heart stirred him up, and everyone whom His spirit made willing, and they brought the LORD’s offering to the work of the tabernacle of the congregation. 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 to the LORD. And all those offerings from the willing, generous hearts built the tabernacle where the King would dwell.
As long as that heart knows that all it will ever bring to the King comes from the King, it will never run out of contributions to bring to build the Kingdom of the King.
I Samuel 16:7b: People look at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.
Proverbs 4:23: Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.