February 3 Exodus 35, 36; Acts 10

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S~ All whose hearts were stirred and whose spirits were moved came and brought their sacred offering to the Lord. They brought all of the materials needed.  Exodus 35:21 (NLT)

O~ Exodus 35 goes into great detail about all the materials needed to build the Tabernacle. What struck me as I read this chapter,  is that EVERYONE got involved.  Everyone found something, however small to bring as an offering.  Here are some specific observations:

  1. Different people had different skills. All skills were of value and needed.
  2. Men, women, children came to help.  God’s family is not age or gender exclusive.
  3. They had willing hearts.  Again. They had WILLING HEARTS!  These servants showed up and did the work because the WANTED to help and serve God.
  4. The contributions were different and not necessarily equal. As an example,  some brought gold, some brought linens, others brought goat skins.
  5. There were different jobs and contributions,  (sewing, building, teaching) but one common goal—they desired to bring glory to God.

A~ Every one of us, every one of us, has gifts and skills that are needed for Kingdom work and the local church body. The call is for everyone,  God needs introverts and extroverts to bring their strengths for serving others.

I have been blessed to be a part of a church that lives out this scripture. There are many people who sacrifice sleep and time to get up early on Saturday to pray for prayer requests in our church.  There are people who arrive early before the actual church service on Sunday morning to set out signs, get the nursery ready, make coffee and many other “simple tasks” that just need to be done.  There are others who faithfully rock fussy babies in the nursery so that their parents can focus on God’s message.  I’ve seen several men show up to work on many occasions to do painting, electrical work, plumbing, etc after they have put in a long day of work at their own employment.  These people are giving glory to God with their time, talents, and resources.

P~ Dear Lord, thank you so much for each and every man, woman and child who serve you faithfully each week at our church and every other church that is doing Your work. You know what encourages them and areas they have struggles.  Help each volunteer and paid staff to feel appreciated and valued when what they do seems to go unnoticed. Please renew each person who serves you with purpose and strength!!  I pray Your Spirit would stir new hearts to find their place of serving and the purpose You have given them.  Thank you for the opportunity to serve You!!

Willingly Generous | Kim Chipman

S~ All whose hearts were stirred and whose spirits were moved came and brought their sacred offerings to the Lord. They brought all the materials needed for the Tabernacle, for the performance of its rituals, and for the sacred garments. Exodus 35:21 (NLT)

Their contributions were more than enough to complete the whole project. Exodus 36:7 (NLT)

O~ God gave Moses instructions for building the Tabernacle. The instructions were very detailed and specific, including the instruction to keep Sabbath rest. Then Moses took a sacred offering from the people. The offering wasn’t required, it was to be gathered from the people with willing, generous hearts. And they had more than enough.

A~ As I reflect on this I wonder a couple of things. First, when most churches in America today rely on the willing, generous hearts of its members there is often a gap – a lack. We certainly aren’t hearing the leaders at church say…”Don’t give any more! We have enough!” Sometimes this is with money, but often it is with time. There are never enough volunteers it seems. People really willing to invest with the talents You have given them. Is there something You need ME to do that I am not doing? Please show me!

Second, I wonder if we, as organizations, the organized church, might be missing the instructions? Are we building the Tabernacle that You really want? If we were I’d think You’d provide the materials? So either we are building something that isn’t from You, or You are asking us to willingly give generously and we are not.

The only way I know to hear You clearly – to know Your instructions and priorities for me – is to spend time alone with You – in Your Word – heart still – listening. Show me where I need to be willing and generous – to be inconvenienced by You – to pour myself out in service of others – even when I don’t feel like it.

P~ I love You so much! My heart is willing, I think…if it is not please help to soften it! My flesh is so weak. Help my distrust! Help me to not be lazy. Help me to remember that it is not about ME. I love You.

Evidence of Faith: Give Generously and Pray Regularly | Kelley DeAses

S~  [H]e gave generously to those in need and prayed to God regularly.  Acts 10:2b (NIV)

O~  Several times in this passage, Scripture notes that Cornelius, a centurion, gave to the poor and prayed on a regular basis, evidencing his strong faith in God.  Based on this righteous lifestyle, God took note and sent an angel to pay him a visit.  Ultimately, Cornelius was used in a powerful way to help bridge the gap between Jewish and Gentile believers.

A~ I am, at the same time, encouraged and convicted by this description of what it means to be a devout, God-fearing person.  It says that what we believe is going to be apparent by our regular habits and routines.  Cornelius demonstrated his sincere belief in God  by making it a regular practice to commune with the Lord and giving of his resources to the less fortunate.  I would love to be known as someone who gives generously and consults God in all things.  I know I could do more on both counts.

P~  Father, Help me to live out my faith practically, by giving more and praying more.  For what good is it to anyone else, or what use am I to God, if I keep my faith contained within my personal quiet time with Him?

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