Beautiful for God
Lord, You are the Eternal Word. In a world saturated with words, make me attentive to Your Word today.
Read Exodus 35:30-36:7
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“Take my silver and my gold; not a mite would I withhold. Take my intellect and use every power as you shall choose” (Frances Ridley Havergal, 1836-1879). We do tend to sing and pray way beyond what we actually do!
In addition to their own artistic gifts and abilities, Bezalel and Oholiab have “the ability to teach others” (34). One rabbi comments, “There are many scholars who are incapable of teaching”–contrasting this with the ability of these two craftsmen to instruct, organize, delegate and supervise the building of the Tabernacle.
The Tabernacle will be a dwelling place for the presence of God, a witness to the devotion and worship of Israel and the key reference point in the relationship between the Israelites and their Redeemer, so its construction demands the finest creative activity, the most expensive materials, the most dedicated workforce and the best possible organization of labor. The intricate designs, careful layout, balancing of colors, textures, fabrics and materials will produce an environment fit for a king and an atmosphere where reverence for God and awe in his presence will be a natural response to the surroundings. Nothing less than genius is needed to design not just an ordinary tent, but the house of God!
Do we pay as much attention to the ordering of our lives as temples of the Holy Spirit (1 Cor. 6:19,20)? We live in a body-conscious world where our physical appearance is under scrutiny and we are encouraged to “clean up, paint up and fix up” our appearance. We are encouraged to eat healthy diets, but we do not always give our spiritual lives such planning and attention. Yet, if we were to sit down today to plan our careers and ministries, set goals for our personal and family lives, and organize ourselves and others to achieve “something beautiful for God” (Malcolm Muggeridge, 1903-1990) as Mother Teresa did, how much notice would be attracted, and would God be given more glory?
List your God-given gifts and skills. How are these being used? What do you look for from others to serve God in your team? What is your grand design?
Merciful Father, forgive my sometimes pretenses of devotion. Other people may be impressed, but You are not fooled. I ask and strive for sincerity in my words. Use me for Your glory.