Working with God

All those who were skilled among the workers made the tabernacle with ten curtains of finely twisted linen and blue, purple and scarlet yarn, with cherubim woven into them by expert hands.

20 They made upright frames of acacia wood for the tabernacle. 21 Each frame was ten cubits long and a cubit and a half wide, 22 with two projections set parallel to each other. They made all the frames of the tabernacle in this way.

31 They also made crossbars of acacia wood: five for the frames on one side of the tabernacle, 32 five for those on the other side, and five for the frames on the west, at the far end of the tabernacle. 

35 They made the curtain of blue, purple and scarlet yarn and finely twisted linen, with cherubim woven into it by a skilled worker. 36 They made four posts of acacia wood for it and overlaid them with gold. They made gold hooks for them and cast their four silver bases. 37 For the entrance to the tent they made a curtain of blue, purple and scarlet yarn and finely twisted linen—the work of an embroiderer; 38 and they made five posts with hooks for them. They overlaid the tops of the posts and their bands with gold and made their five bases of bronze.

Exodus 36:8, 20, 31-32, 35-38 (New International Version)

The Minds of the Workers

In Exodus 36, the work on the tabernacle began.  I wonder what the workmen thought as they formed the poles that made the frame of the tent?  How did the tent makers feel as the stitched the curtains that served at the house’s walls?

I can imagine that they did their work very carefully and not taking it lightly.  That was because they knew that the making of the Lord’s tabernacle required great skill and attention to detail.  They probably check and rechecked the plans for making the structure which God Himself designed.  They may have also felt honored that God chose them to build such an exquisite building.   Can you imagine being called by God to do some amazing work for Him?

Why Does God Uses Us?

Throughout Scripture, we see God often using people to do His work, whether that work was building an ark or ruling a nation.  Now because He uses people to do certain things, that does not mean that He is unable to do it Himself. The thought that God is powerless without us is pure arrogance.  After all, He didn’t need us when He created the universe, and He certainly doesn’t need us now.

So if God can do the work on His own, why does He bring people into it?  He brings us into His work so that we may experience, as we serve, the glory and honor that comes from serving with God.  It is kind of like helping your Dad work on the car.  Even though you don’t know the ins and outs of what your Dad is working on, you help out still, obeying His instructions and doing what He says; and when the job is finished and the car is fixed, you rejoice with your Dad for because you followed his lead, the work was done.

The Making of the Bible

Another example of God allowing people to participate in His work was the writing of His Bible.  Indeed, the Lord Himself could’ve easily taken on a human form and wrote down the words He wanted us to know.  Instead of doing that however, He choose people from all walks of life to write down what He wanted them to write.  Like the builders of the tabernacle, these writers probably took their calling very seriously, for the words they were writing were God’s.  Yet at the same time, they must have felt privileged to be called to such a divine task.

Working with a Grateful Heart

The Lord is pleased in allowing us to participate in His work.  With that in mind, when He has given us a task to do, we ought to take it seriously and do the very best work that we can do.  As we proceed into our called ministry, we should do it with a grateful heart, for God does not need us, but He wanted to honor us by giving us a chance to work alongside Him.  Let us thank Him for this and get to work.

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