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,
ServantBoy

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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Comments
  1. Thank you Vineet. This was thought provoking. It addresses something I have been wrestling with lately. I currently am not serving in a specific church. I and my husband were very active members of a church for a number of years. Three years ago we decided to leave. The main reason was that there was a teaching there that troubled us. They believed that every other Christian denomination beside theirs was a false church.

    We thought we would visit other churches and hopefully after a few months find a new church home. It turned out to be a lot harder than we thought it would be. Just yesterday I sat in a restaurant and told my husband that I was sad that we had not found one and I wanted to serve the Lord and felt like there were so many complications.

    I would appreciate your prayers.

    Theresa

    • ServantBoy says:

      Hi Theresa,
      Finally I get a few minutes to respond to comments and what a joy that is. Before my kids come and pull me away, let me respond 🙂 I know what you mean by wanting to be a part of a church family again. When we left Dubai and moved here to Vancouver, we were keen to plug in soon. We visited many churches before God finally gave us all the peace that the church we now attend is to be our home. The journey was challenging because each church presented something one of us liked but the rest did not and it was hard to make the decision until we reached one where all 4 of us felt at home. I shall be praying that you and your husband find the church home God has ordained for you both. It is such a blessing to be a part of a church body where we get to participate and receive and live in a community full of love with a heart to serve Jesus to the neighborhood.
      In Christ,
      Vineet

  2. Debbie says:

    Thank you, Vineet, for bringing this all to life and to us, about serving out of our love for Him. That kind of service is genuine and blesses others . . .us too. God bless you and yours as you serve Him today. 🙂

    And dear Theresa, praying for God to lead you right where He wants you to be. And to comfort you and keep you along the way.

    • ServantBoy says:

      Hi Deb,
      There is something amazing about a church that lives and breathes Jesus. It reminds me of the first church in Acts that communed together and the ministry grew not because of an agenda but because there was joy that the world could not resist. I pray that each of us will affect that change in our oikos (Circles of influence) and live a life with the expression of the love Christ filled in us. That should ignite God’s love around us.
      In Christ,
      Vineet

    • Thank you Deb. That means so much to me. The prayers and words of encouragement that come from you and all of the other bloggers mean more to me than I can even express.

  3. Ann says:

    Thank you, Vineet

    “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?”

    Like Theresa, I am pondering much in your post. There were many years that I went to church because I was made to go. It wasn’t always a ‘joyful service’ … it was more like a ‘Thou shalt go!’

    When I found I could make my own decisions, I went where I pleased. Thankfully, He was patient and now I have a different idea of what “joyful service” to Him is all about. Like you, I have found myself among a body of believers who’s love for Him shows by the way they live their lives. I quote my pastor for the umpteenth time .. “relationship is everything”. When we fully understand what it means to be in relationship with Him, we’ll do what we can to live Holy. If we take care of that relationship, He’ll help us work with the others.

    Now I joyfully serve Him even though I still have the option to do as I please 🙂

    Bless you for sharing, Vineet.
    ann

    P.S. Theresa, praying for you and your beloved. Trusting Him to place you where “your ministry will be most effective”.

    • ServantBoy says:

      Hi Ann,
      Thank you for sharing your comment. It is wonderful to see that Christ lives in a body of believers somewhere in the world and there are many such bodies that individually act as lighthouses in the darkness around them. What a blessing it is for each of us to carry the name of Jesus in our lives, the name that is above every name, the name that the forces of darkness tremble about! When our lives are all about Him and are spent in worship of Him, we are continually transformed and used for His glory. It is those times when complacency sets in that we lose focus of Him momentarily and our human egos kick in. I’ve seen wonderful churches brought down to ordinary ones when the focus shifts from Jesus and I pray that each of us will keep that fire alive in us and infect everyone around us with Jesus’ love.
      In Christ,
      Vineet

    • Thank you Ann. Pray also that I will follow his leading.

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