MORE THAN ENOUGH
Lord, what a gift it is to call you Father. I am your child and praise you for your love and care.
Read EXODUS 35:30 – 36:7
Bezalel and Oholiab
30 Then Moses said to the Israelites, “See, the Lord has chosen Bezalel son of Uri, the son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah, 31 and he has filled him with the Spirit of God, with wisdom, with understanding, with knowledge and with all kinds of skills— 32 to make artistic designs for work in gold, silver and bronze, 33 to cut and set stones, to work in wood and to engage in all kinds of artistic crafts. 34 And he has given both him and Oholiab son of Ahisamak, of the tribe of Dan, the ability to teach others. 35 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. 36 1 So Bezalel, Oholiab and every skilled person to whom the Lord has given skill and ability to know how to carry out all the work of constructing the sanctuary are to do the work just as the Lord has commanded.”
2 Then Moses summoned Bezalel and Oholiab and every skilled person to whom the Lord had given ability and who was willing to come and do the work. 3 They received from Moses all the offerings the Israelites had brought to carry out the work of constructing the sanctuary. And the people continued to bring freewill offerings morning after morning. 4 So all the skilled workers who were doing all the work on the sanctuary left what they were doing 5 and said to Moses, “The people are bringing more than enough for doing the work the Lord commanded to be done.”
6 Then Moses gave an order and they sent this word throughout the camp: “No man or woman is to make anything else as an offering for the sanctuary.” And so the people were restrained from bringing more, 7 because what they already had was more than enough to do all the work.
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Have you ever been part of a ministry project, perhaps with your church, that was especially effective? What were the reasons?
Hudson Taylor, founder of OMF (formerly China Inland Mission), once said, ‘God’s work done in God’s way will never lack God’s supply’.1 Using that philosophy, he planted scores of churches and schools across China, empowered hundreds of missionaries, and brought thousands of Chinese citizens to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ. As effective as his approach was, it wasn’t new. We see the same principle at work here.
Bezalel and Oholiab, the skilled craftsman from chapter 31, are now leading a team of workers to build the tabernacle. We already know it’s going to be successful, but a close look at how it happened reveals two additional nuances that are instructive. First, we get a picture of God’s vision of an effective ministry enterprise: a spirit-filled leader (v 31), a skilled number-two person (v 34), an organization-wide commitment to excellence (vs 31,35) and an ability to teach and empower others (v 34). Is that how work gets done in your church? The most important success factor, however, was that, regardless of position, the entire team was committed to doing the work ‘just as the Lord has commanded’ (36:1). Without that, even the best plans and brightest workers are likely to fail.
The second interesting nuance of this project is that it was over- funded; Moses had to order the people to stop giving (vs 6,7). That’s what happens when God-directed work is implemented with Spirit-empowered skill. Even then, we must remember that the counterintuitive secret to success in God’s work is to learn how to rely less on ourselves and more on him. As the Lord said to the apostle Paul, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness’.2
Is God prompting you to serve him in a way that makes you feel weak, or not up to the task? Ask for his courage and strength to move forward.
How much I need your wisdom Lord! Teach me by your Spirit to do your work in your way.
1 Leslie T Lyall, A Passion for the Impossible, OMF Books, 1965, p37 2 2 Cor 12:9