Monday, May 16 – Exodus 35:20-21
Then all the congregation of the sons of Israel departed from Moses’ presence. And everyone whose heart stirred him and everyone whose spirit moved him came and brought the Lord’s contribution for the work of the tent of meeting and for all its service, and for the holy garments.
When a new house is built in your neighborhood, it is amazing to think back on all the steps that took place before it was finished. Consider how many different moving pieces were required to finish one project. One person didn’t complete the house on their own, it was a cooperative effort with many people bringing each of their talents and resources to get the job done. After God gave His command and direction on how the tabernacle would be built, the people felt compelled to consider what their role was in the project.
Sometimes, when we approach our church or our jobs, we are looking for what we can get out of it. While there are certainly benefits to being in the church, there is another question to ask: Lord, what have you given me to contribute here? Whether you are in the workplace, making new friends at the park, or volunteering to serve others, God has given you specific gifts and perspectives to contribute. When we use our gifts for His mission, it will never be in vain. And whatever we bring to Him can be used for His glory. Do you know what it’s like to have God’s Spirit stir your heart? Have you ever felt compelled to serve in a way you were uncomfortable with before? When the Spirit moved in the Israelites, the people responded in obedience. May you come today with the same eagerness to serve God and with boldness from the Spirit to serve Him wherever He leads.
- Have you ever felt God stir in your heart? What was that like?
- What are some things God is stirring in your heart today?
- Pray and ask God for direction on where to serve Him.