You know...God doesn’t require that we serve Him. He isn’t some slave driver demanding acts of service to prove our love and devotion. Rather, He makes an appeal to our hearts. Always inviting us to make a choice. What will we do with what we’ve been gifted with? What will we do with the skills we have been given?
In the book of Exodus, Moses is building a Tabernacle where God’s Presence would literally take up residency. The Israelite people would be able to go there to communicate with and worship Him. It would have been an extraordinary undertaking and I wonder if Moses ever thought, “How in the world is this gonna happen?”
I think every ministry leader I know has thought the same. God calls us to action and we are left wondering about how the finances are going to come in, whether or not volunteers are going to show up, and/or any other fear the enemy throws our way unique to the task at hand.
But God does something incredible inside of those who will help accomplish His tasks. He stirs hearts and moves in spirits. You see, we don’t serve God out of obligation, we do it in response to what He is already doing in our lives. When Love enters in, obligation flies out the window - and desire to serve Him literally engulfs us.
When Moses stepped out in faith and asked for volunteers to help in building the Tabernacle he said,
“...This is what the the Lord has commanded...Let those with generous hearts present the following gifts to the Lord..”(Ex. 35:4-5)
“All whose hearts were stirred and whose spirits were moved came and brought their sacred offerings to the Lord.” (Ex. 35:21)
“Both men and women came, all whose hearts were willing…” (Ex. 35:22)
“All those who owned the following items willingly brought them…” (Ex. 35:23)
“All the women who were willing used their skills to spin the goat hair into yarn.” (Ex. 35:26)
Today there are still tasks that need to be done. And just like the Tabernacle was built, your skill set is still required to build up the body of Christ. You see, I believe God is still “stirring up hearts and moving spirits” to serve His Kingdom. Today, He is still calling out to you to offer your time, your personality, your talents, your skill set to build His Kingdom.
Churches still need volunteers.
Ministries still need donations.
Interestingly friends, and I say this gently, you don’t see any sort of “great exchange” in Exodus happening between the people and Moses when they brought their gifts. They weren’t given instant recognition. They weren’t paid for their time spent sewing and building. They were just “eager to get to work.” (Ex. 36:2)
God saw them - and that was enough.
I love that. I want that kind of responsive heart toward God.
If you’ve been sensing God’s call on your life today, ask yourself, “What skill set has God given me?”. Then just ask quickly ask Him, “Then how and where do You want me to use them?”
I cannot wait to see how He answers that for you!