Interesting that the day I feel led to jump back into Bible reading would start out with instructions for the Sabbath. If you’ve read my blog for any time, you know that this is a subject that keeps coming up over and over. I think God’s trying to tell me something!!!
The remainder of today’s reading talks about how the children of Israel were asked by Moses to bring gifts for the building of the Tabernacle (or the Tent of Meeting). Moses invited people who felt led to bring supplies that would be needed:
35:5 Everyone is invited to bring these offerings to the LORD: gold, silver, and bronze; 6 blue, purple, and scarlet yarn; fine linen; goat hair for cloth; 7 tanned ram skins and fine goatskin leather; acacia wood; 8 olive oil for the lamps; spices for the anointing oil and the fragrant incense; 9 onyx stones, and other stones to be set in the ephod and the chestpiece. (NLT)
In chapter 36 we read:
36:5 “We have more than enough materials on hand now to complete the job the LORD has given us to do!” they exclaimed. 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.
It’s how God accomplishes His work here on earth. Sure, He could just dump everything from heaven, but there is something special about when people work together, bringing their resources, to accomplish a task. The sacrifice of their possessions pales in comparison to the feeling of accomplishment of building the Tent of Meeting – where they would meet with God. It meant something because they each were a part of it. The finely crafted ornamentation and structure had things they each provided – they each sacrificed – to make it complete.
I think this is a wonderful description of the church today. We each sacrifice our time and resources. It’s a place where we meet God corporately and invite others to come and meet Him as well.
Those who contribute nothing and just come in on Sunday mornings, sit in the back, and don’t participate in worship or offering – often they disappear after a while. They have no “skin in the game” so they loose interest. But those who contribute and sacrifice to see the church grow and prosper – these people are rewarded and blessed. It’s exciting to be used by God – even in the most seemingly insignificant way. Each gives according to how they’ve been blessed by God – that’s how it has always worked.
I challenge you to become involved at a local Bible-believing church. Become involved. Contribute your time and resources as you can – and see what God will do. What’s more important than fellowship with God and telling others about the gospel?