By free and spontaneous will
For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. John 3.16
The love of God is symbolized through the surrender of Jesus on Calvary for us.
Our love for God is symbolized through the surrender of our offering to Him.
Jesus was God’s Heave Offering for our salvation.
All offerings are sacred; however, the heave offering has a significant weight, more than the normal offering.
To have a better understanding of the heave offering, take a look at what King David, whose heart was after God’s own heart, said to the prophet:
“See now, I dwell in a house of cedar, but the ark of God dwells inside tent curtains.” Then Nathan said to the king, “Go, do all that is in your heart, for the Lord is with you.” 2 Samuel 7.2-3
David understood this because while he was in the comfort of his home, his palace, the Ark of God was kept in tent curtains.
But it happened that night that the word of the Lord came to Nathan, saying, “Go and tell My servant David, ‘Thus says the Lord: “Would you build a house for Me to dwell in? For I have not dwelt in a house since the time that I brought the children of Israel up from Egypt, even to this day, but have moved about in a tent and in a tabernacle…2 Samuel 7.4-7
During all those centuries, no one thought of building a cedar house to place the Ark of the Lord, which represents the Presence of God.
Only David, obviously led by the Holy Spirit, had this dream, and God approved:
Thus says the Lord of hosts: I took you from the sheepfold, from following the sheep, to be ruler over My people, over Israel… and have caused you to rest from all your enemies. Also the Lord tells you that He will make you a house. 2 Samuel 7.8-11
Though David did not build the Temple because his hands were stained with blood from so many wars, it was his plan initially to have Solomon build it later. Also, David offered the resources and his private treasure for the construction.
By his own free will, David wanted to build the House of God to put the Ark of the Covenant. This is the Spirit of the heave offering.
Jesus was God’s heave offering for humanity.
And today, the Lord Jesus expects us, His servants, to present this heave offering freely, without being compelled by any other reason, only the desire to please God.
Bishop Edir Macedo