Exodus 35:21 “And they came, every one whose heart stirred him up, and every one whom his spirit made willing, and they brought the LORD’S offering to the work of the tabernacle of the congregation, and for all his service, and for the holy garments.”
It is an oft used phrase we say to those things we hold no conviction, or to those things with which we feel indifferent. The work of the ministry, the giving, the service and care of the everyday operation of the church is left to those “called” to do so.
Yet, when you read this passage, the stirring of each heart did not come from God, it came from within a man. The willingness of each spirit (little ‘s’ is man’s spirit) was a decision that came from the heart.
The responsibility put upon us to guard, keep, and direct our hearts. It cannot be left to emotion, chance, or a random emotion we ‘feel,’ it must be purposeful, principled, and in accordance with God’s Word.
We see a need in the church and pray for God to show someone the need to fix this, or clean that forgetting that He has already answered that prayer in you. You saw the need. The decision comes down to whether or not we have it in us to fulfill the need.
The threefold work of the church is to everyone, not just a select few.
Ephesians 4:12 “For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ:”
Yes, we are all given gifts and talents to take certain positions in the church, but not to the exclusion of the basic needs. The church needs to be cleaned – often. The church will survive or perish on the giving of its people – we must all give. God commanded it.
The church needs preachers, teachers, nursery workers, security, children’s workers, teen, young adult, middle, and golden agers to all take their place and do their part. I often wonder if we would do what it is God called us to – how would a church like that look? The following verse gives us a glimpse.
Exodus 36:5-6 “And they spake unto Moses, saying, The people bring much more than enough for the service of the work, which the LORD commanded to make. And Moses gave commandment, and they caused it to be proclaimed throughout the camp, saying, Let neither man nor woman make any more work for the offering of the sanctuary. So the people were restrained from bringing.”
I do not believe pulpits today are restraining their people from giving. I cannot believe that every position is filled, and there is a waiting list for those who want to evangelize the lost, preach in nursing homes, visit the sick, counsel the hurting, grieving, wounded, and addicted. We are not lining up to visit those in jail, feed the hungry, clothe the poor, and help the homeless.
We see the need, but who is there to fill it? It is imperative for we, who are the children of God, to discover the gifts and talents God has given and ask Him just where it is He desires us to utilize them.
We need to have such a heart that would seek an answer from God as to what church, what body of Christ He wanted us to join. We would feel more at home, more fulfilled, and more at peace, knowing I was where God wanted me to be, doing what it was God created me to do.
Seeing the need is just a small part of the more excellent picture. Realizing we are a part of that bigger picture can be transforming. Knowing that I am being used as God designed is a beautiful feeling!
See the need and follow His leading.