Skill and Work
Exodus 35:35 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.
Hey! Hi and hello my P.R.E.T.T.Y friends. I pray you are endeavoring to thrive. Listen, I want you encouraged and ready to handle all your handlings regarding God's purpose for your life and this chapter is here for that. Work is probably one of the most important daily tasks that a person can do. We know this because when we first encounter God that is exactly what he is doing. He was working to form the universe and everything in it. In this chapter of Exodus- and you know I’m going to push you to read the whole passage- the Israelites are given command from God, through Moses, about erecting a tabernacle. There is an open call to anyone who is willing, because not everyone is willing, to grab their finest materials, linens, and provisions, and bring them to the desired location so that they can begin building the tabernacle. Now, when we think of building a tabernacle most of us might imagine the building materials being of the utmost importance. Wood, nails, screws, etc. We would also need machines, workers, and those particular project managers that oversee and make sure all the work is getting done. But what about once the building is finished? Then, we move on to décor. And once the tabernacle has been completed, from the setting of the foundation to the church doors opening, we will need to bring in the admin team, deacons, and volunteers. Lord please don’t let me forget about the pastor either. I say all that to point out the “work” to build the tabernacle is open to everyone. It is not just for the master builders or the world-renowned architects. It is for the choir director and the greeter. It is even for those who work outside of the church and bring their “work” in the form of a sacrifice to God. God does not place one job’s importance over the other because every work is meant to build up and point back to His kingdom. This is why we are to work as if we are working for the Lord (Colossians 3:23, 24), so that the world can see His glory and His wonder through the hard work of His people. Yes, ma’am, you too have skills and talents that God wants to utilize to build up His tabernacle. Who and where is the tabernacle today? The best news is you don’t have to go searching for it or type it into Google Maps. All you must do is take a good look in the mirror. We are His church. We are the tabernacle. And as the Holy Spirit lives in us and Christ works through us, we are to take the talents God has given us and the jobs that He has blessed us with and work at building his kingdom. It is in His tabernacle that we can fall on our knees and pray, sing praises to His name, cook up an offering, and prepare to tell the world about our great God. So, ladies you have six days to work and get things done. Go ahead and take a rest on the seventh, as is requested and required of us. Honor Him with resting and relaxing because once Monday loops back around, it’s back to the grind we go. In this newsletter I want you to know that the business you conduct daily, and the work you put in at your job, serves a greater purpose than just paying the bills. We need to understand that our jobs, work, and businesses are meant to serve the One who provides us with all good things. It is to point back to Him. We are about our Father’s business, and business is good y’all!