In Chapter 35 of Exodus, we find Moses in front of the whole Israelite community. He has spent 40 days on Mount Sinai [he has chiseled the two tablets containing the Ten Commandments], where God has made a covenant with him and now he is ready to share with his people – God has given specific instructions and guidelines to building the Tent of Meeting – The Tabernacle. This will take everyone giving of their time, talent and treasure.
Is there anyone today saying ‘I have too much time’? If anything, we seem like the most stressed out generation. In the Book of Acts, we can read about the early church spending time together daily, sharing in each others lives.
Many times Christians get so consumed in ‘life’ that we barely have time to make it to church on a regular Sunday gathering. Church is not to be seen as another must… God called us to live in fellowship with Him and with one another.
The Israelites were camped out in the wilderness, yet their experience wasn’t summer camp with beach volleyball and sand surfing. They were in the middle of living life, raising kids, working their jobs, tending to animals, with homes to clean, traditions to keep up. Now, they are asked to get involved in a huge time consuming project…
…and those who were willing, did!
The passage from Exodus 35:10-19 begins:
All who are skilled among you are to come and make everything the Lord has commanded.
Moses, again, is speaking to the whole community of Israel. He is asking them to give of the talents God has given them. God has given talents to all his people – to us. It is our responsibility to grow in them. Think about the talents and skills God has given YOU and work on them, develop them and help your church and community to grow – Use them for God’s glory.
Giving of our treasure, our hard earned money, might be the most difficult one for some.
If every Christian gave their tithes and offerings, every church would have a building, every church plant could be planted, every person who felt called into the missions field could be sent… and more people would be reached.
Tithing is a good discipline to learn early on in life. It is easier to learn to give from little than from a lot.
In Exodus 35:5-21, Moses is talking about everyone’s involvement in building the tabernacle. The Lord has commanded them to give from what they have, he is pleading to his people’s generosity.
Ex 35:22 All who are willing, men and women alike, came and brought gold jewelery of all kinds: brooches, earrings, rings and ornaments. They all presented their gold as a wave offering to the Lord.
Not everyone gave the same, but most gave gave from what they had.
2 Corinthians 9:7 Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.
As God’s faithful people, He is calling us to be generous people! He is calling us to build his church together. He called the Israelites and He is calling us to share of our Time, Talent and Treasure for His Kingdom.
Talk to one of the leaders on how to get involved using your time and talent.
To give financially:
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