“There is only one thing worth being concerned about. Mary has discovered it, and it will not be taken away from her.” Luke 10:42 (NLT) The heart of this ministry is to inspire a love for God’s Word and encourage the discipline of daily Bible reading and SOAP journaling. These are a few of our SOAP notes from today’s reading. We encourage you to read and journal on your own first, then join us in conversation about what God revealed to YOU today. Click HERE to go directly to the daily reading if you wish.
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Eager to do the work | Kimi Miller
S~ And Moses called Bezalel and Oholiab and every craftsman in whose mind the Lord had put skill, everyone whose heart stirred him up to do the work. Exodus 36:2 (ESV)
O~ There are many times when I don’t want to do what I know I should. I am not very good at following through on things and often I don’t do things just because I don’t “feel” like it. In those moments, I am often making a choice – I know what I should be doing, but rather than get up and go do it, I chose not to. I sit on the couch and watch one more episode of Dance Moms (I know, I’m sick.), or justify in my head why vacuuming can wait one more day, I hit the snooze button three more times, I deliberately “forget” my gym clothes… Do I really need to go on?
A~ But reading this verse tells me that I should do what my mind and heart are stirring me to do. I need to remember Eph 2:10 – that I am God’s own handiwork created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God has prepared in advance for me to do. Sure, God is not calling me to build a tabernacle, but He is calling me (and each of us) to build disciples. He’s calling each of us to do good. So when I am in front of the TV knowing I should be doing something more productive, I need to get off my butt and do the work! In this example, others will see my desire to be obedient to God and perhaps seek to know Him the way I do.
P~ Lord Jesus, Sometimes I’m lazy. Sometimes I just don’t want to do the things I should. Please forgive me in those moments. Holy Spirit, please continue reminding me of who I am in You and who it is I ultimately serve. Please stir in my heart and help me to just do the work. In Your Name, Amen.
Lavish Worship | Kim Chipman
S~ Then Moses gave an order and they sent this word throughout the camp: “No man or woman is to make anything else as an offering for the sanctuary.” And so the people were restrained from bringing more, because what they already had was more than enough to do all the work. Exodus 36:6-7 (NIV)
O~ The people were asked to give of their own free will – whoever was willing – to build the sanctuary. They had so much that they had to tell them to stop bringing things. They were obviously excited to worship You in this way.
A~ So as I’m thinking about this now, in today’s terms, I think of the sanctuary being the believers. WE are the church more than a building because of the Spirit living in us.
I should be so excited to worship You that I continually lay valuable things at Your feet – just like the Israelites building the sanctuary did. Give You my best. My time, my focus, my energy. Do what I can to bring people to You…to build Your church today. Especially in my home and close relationships.
Am I so excited to worship You that I have to be restrained? Am I pouring out myself in such a way that it is in excess of what is needed? Or do I look at things and decide how much my part is and give the minimum? Am I inconvenienced and irritable or accommodating and loving? Is my heart positioned to lavishly worship?
P~ Lord, I do love You. So. Much. Help me to remember. Help me to live a life of lavish, intentional worship.
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