Exodus 35:1-39:31, primarily 35:1-36:8
You may remember that when God gave the commandments to Moses, He also gave him instructions for building the tabernacle. The tabernacle was to be the place where the priests communicated with God and offered sacrifices for the sins of all the people. So once Moses had brought back the stone tablets with the law (or commandments) on them, it was time to start building.
Moses went before all the people and told them all the things they would need for the tabernacle. Things like gold, silver, special woods and yarns. He told the people to give these things as they felt lead. He also told them that anyone who had special talents for making things and felt led to do so should give their services. Two men Bezalel and Oholiab, are mentioned as especially gifted, who seem to have led much of the work.
The people began to feel God stirring their hearts to give and they started giving. They gave gold and silver jewelry, they gave wood, and they gave time and skills. Soon the craftsmen came to Moses and told him to ask the people to stop. They not only had enough of everything, they had too much!!
It is amazing how God works! Different people gave different things, and probably no one had to give everything they had. Just the extra they had to spare and didn’t really need. Or they gave a skill that God had blessed them with. It probably wasn’t overly hard, it might have even been something they got great joy from doing. But God had it all worked out. This person gave one thing and that person made something with it. Every person did a little and the job got done. And it was amazingly beautiful!! God had given some of His people wonderful artistic talents to make beautiful items. They made everything exactly according to the plan laid out by God and they had a beautiful place of worship!
Did you know the church is meant to work that way today? Each person has a job and when everyone does their part, beautiful things result. Like changed lives and hearts changed for good. But when one person hears God stirring their heart but doesn’t listen, the plan falls apart. For example, if one person feels God telling them to give food to the poor, but the people who are supposed to donate the food don’t listen, there is no food to give away and no one gets blessed! Every person in the church has a job. It might be to sing a song, teach a class or vacuum a rug. But they all work together to create a beautiful thing. So the next time God stirs your heart to do something, be it put 10 cents in the offering or ask your friend to church, do it! Because when we all do our part, we build a beautiful thing; just like the tabernacle!!
Talk to your children about how you serve in your church (giving offerings, work in the nursery, whatever). Then ask them to think about things they are good at and talk about how they could use that to serve God.