Have you ever been involved in a start-up ministry? I’ve been involved in ministries that God breathed and I’ve also been involved in start-ups that man began. Those that were simply man’s ideas were a struggle from the get-go. Even though the intentions were good and the purpose honorable, it was difficult to make things happen and eventually the plans failed. But, those that God inspired flourished: the right people were involved, the right skills were there, the commitment was solid, people were coming and God showed up.
So it was with Mo and the crew here in Exodus 36. Moses asked the people to bring their contributions and they did! Their hearts were stirred. They were so willing and cheerful that they brought more than enough and Moses had to tell them to stop:
6 So Moses gave the command, and this message was sent throughout the camp: “Bring no more materials! You have already given more than enough.” So the people stopped bringing their offerings. 7 Their contributions were more than enough to complete the whole project.
Have you ever found yourself involved in a ministry that seemed to struggle at every turn? Was it difficult to get people to commit? Did you always have to struggle to get things done? Perhaps the ministry started out strong, but has peaked and interest has subsided?
I believe that when God is in something, the resources are there in abundance. I would even go as far as to suggest that if resources are scarce that it’s time to consult with God, “Is this of You, Lord?”
Life is short and our time on this clay is precious. Don’t waste it trying to do anything other than what God has gifted and directed you to do.
Check out the picture – it’s Berol fine pen, felt tips and stamper pens directly on the page of a good news Bible. This picture is about the crafting of the veil in the Tabernacle. It’s not a very clear picture, but if you look close the artist drew around the words on the left side that describe the veil. I’d give you the link, but upon reading more, and seeing some of the questionable content on the page, I think I’ll just leave it at this for now.