Exodus 35:4-5,10,20-21,30-35 Moses said to the whole Israelite community, “This is what the LORD has commanded: From what you have, take an offering for the LORD. Everyone who is willing is to bring to the LORD an offering of gold, silver and bronze... “All who are skilled among you are to come and make everything the LORD has commanded... Then the whole Israelite community withdrew from Moses’ presence, and everyone who was willing and whose heart moved them came and brought an offering to the LORD for the work on the tent of meeting, for all its service, and for the sacred garments... Then Moses said to the Israelites, “See, the LORD has chosen Bezalel son of Uri, the son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah, and he has filled him with the Spirit of God, with wisdom, with understanding, with knowledge and with all kinds of skills— to make artistic designs for work in gold, silver and bronze, to cut and set stones, to work in wood and to engage in all kinds of artistic crafts. And he has given both him and Oholiab son of Ahisamak, of the tribe of Dan, the ability to teach others. He has filled them with skill to do all kinds of work as engravers, designers, embroiderers in blue, purple and scarlet yarn and fine linen, and weavers—all of them skilled workers and designers.
God again is revealed as the master orchestrator as He calls upon His people to serve Him with their offerings and acts of service.
The Israelites step forward and provide more than was needed along with willing hands. What a contrast as compared to the sinful people we have seen this far? Is this reflective of us today?
I grew up in a Christian home and we were faithful doers whether in terms of going to church and also participating actively in its ministry.
Church was always symbolized by people who were willing to serve and there was a general sense of friendship among those who attended regularly.
However, I never knew Jesus personally and even though I knew of Him and learnt much about Him and His father in Heaven, I had no personal relationship with Him as it was never expected of me.
Years later I saw Christ revealed in the lives of my fiance's (Now wife of 13 beautiful years) family and church friends where He lived and was the reason for their joy.
This time I saw a people who were not 'rich' in the material sense but 'stinking rich' in love for God. Service, giving and a sense of family was what marked them and this love was addictive.
When I read today's passage, I contrasted the two churches because the difference between both was the motivation for their service.
One was a social organization driven by the need to serve whereas the other was a community of people drawn together by God's hand to serve others as an expression of God's love in them.
Moses called upon the people and they willingly offered and served. This was evidence of their willingness to serve God who was real to them.
Furthermore, God had chosen craftsmen from them, filled them with His spirit and therefore created the perfect set of people to build His dwelling place.
Would we not want to be a part of something this real and significant? Is life just about ourselves, our possessions, our egos, our achievements and our families or is there more to it?
A heart filled with true love is one that gives more than it gets because love is not selfish. Jesus showed us His heart in His life, death and sacrifice and calls us to receive His love so that we can transform the world.
If you have never known Jesus' love, I pray that you will call on Him right now (Follow this link for more help).
If you have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, I pray that you will find meaning and purpose in serving Him by loving and giving to those around you abundantly just as He gave Himself for you without limit.
In His Loving Service,
Matthew 5:14-16 “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.
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