KJB Daily Devotion – Following Jesus Through Every Chapter
Date: Sunday, February 11, 2018
Chapters: Exodus 36-38
Message: One Body Of Christ
Hello My Friend,
Of the millions of occupations out there God has blessed each and every one of us with different skills to accomplish them. Just like no two set of fingerprints are the same neither are our skills, while we may be able to do some things that others do, we cannot add that special touch needed for some tasks. We need to never be discouraged if we cannot do something, it is simply God giving us the wisdom to do something else. “Now ye are the body of Christ, and members in particular. And God hath set some in the church, first apostles, secondarily prophets, thirdly teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, governments, diversities of tongues.” – I Corinthians 12:27-28.
Wisdom, it is not something we are born with, oh, we naturally do things on our own, which are what actually unique talents that develop our character, but wisdom comes from knowledge and is something we acquire through learning and the people we get around. Let me tell you, there are things I learned I wish I never knew, but sadly it was because I became influenced by the people I got around. Imagine the wisdom and what we are influenced by when we get around God? Interestingly though, it is God who gives us the wisdom to use those unique talents. Why? For His purpose. It was time to build God’s sanctuary, God gave Moses the instructions and even the names of the people who would come together and make this happen. Moses calls for the men that God gave wisdom to build the tabernacle.
“Then wrought Bezaleel and Aholiab, and every wise hearted man, in whom the LORD put wisdom and understanding to know how to work all manner of work for the service of the sanctuary, according to all that the LORD had commanded. And Moses called Bezaleel and Aholiab, and every wise hearted man, in whose heart the LORD had put wisdom, even every one whose heart stirred him up to come unto the work to do it: And they received of Moses all the offering, which the children of Israel had brought for the work of the service of the sanctuary, to make it withal. And they brought yet unto him free offerings every morning. And all the wise men, that wrought all the work of the sanctuary, came every man from his work which they made;” – Exodus 36:1-4.
“in whom the LORD put wisdom and understanding to know how to work” The skills and talents we are given by God are not for the sole purpose of taking care of ourselves, while He generously allows us to use our talents for our own provisions, they are to be used for His work whenever He calls upon us. We may not know when God calls us use our talents for Him, but when He does He expects us to respond quickly. “Now the God of peace, that brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant, Make you perfect in every good work to do his will, working in you that which is wellpleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ; to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.” – Hebrews 13:20-21.
“Make you perfect in every good work to do his will,” God only uses the finest materials to build His people, but He does not use material things, He uses faith, trust, trials, and tribulations. It is the pains and afflictions we endure that perfect us and build God’s sanctuary into something beautiful. Of course, when we are going through trials we feel far from perfect, but when we look back at where we were before Christ came into our lives we can truly see how much He has had done for us. Now, after the tent was complete, we come to the building of the ark, this would be the case that would hold the two tablets of stone with the ten commandments written on them.
“And Bezaleel made the ark of shittim wood: two cubits and a half was the length of it, and a cubit and a half the breadth of it, and a cubit and a half the height of it: And he overlaid it with pure gold within and without, and made a crown of gold to it round about. And he cast for it four rings of gold, to be set by the four corners of it; even two rings upon the one side of it, and two rings upon the other side of it. And he made staves of shittim wood, and overlaid them with gold. And he put the staves into the rings by the sides of the ark, to bear the ark.” – Exodus 37:1-5.
“And he put the staves into the rings by the sides of the ark,” The staves were two wooden sticks overlaid in pure gold that were used to bear the weight of the Ark and allow it to be carried. In this life we all have a cross we must carry, but with Christ we can bear the weight of it just by placing Him in the center of it. The Ark itself represents Christ, who is the Word made flesh, anyone who knows Christ as their Saviour will always have Christ in the midst of them, and while we all have our own cross to carry, He will see us through. “Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me. For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it.” – Matthew 16:24-25.
God does not want us to do the things He calls us to do on our time, He wants them done on His time. Do not mistake God’s timing in making us wait for the things we are asking as the same as our waiting to do what He calls us to do. When God waits to give us things He is preparing us for them, and waiting for the right time that we would be able to fully commit. By the way, when God does call us to do things, He knows fully well that we are capable of doing it at that time. Finally, God’s sanctuary was complete, a sum of the materials was given.
“This is the sum of the tabernacle, even of the tabernacle of testimony, as it was counted, according to the commandment of Moses, for the service of the Levites, by the hand of Ithamar, son to Aaron the priest. And Bezaleel the son of Uri, the son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah, made all that the LORD commanded Moses. And with him was Aholiab, son of Ahisamach, of the tribe of Dan, an engraver, and a cunning workman, and an embroiderer in blue, and in purple, and in scarlet, and fine linen. All the gold that was occupied for the work in all the work of the holy place, even the gold of the offering, was twenty and nine talents, and seven hundred and thirty shekels, after the shekel of the sanctuary.” – Exodus 38:21-24.
“even of the tabernacle of testimony,” This was the first time since Israel left Egypt that they worked together as one. The tabernacle is a testimony that only under the hand of God can we as the body of Christ build His Church. “Now ye are the body of Christ, and members in particular. And God hath set some in the church, first apostles, secondarily prophets, thirdly teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, governments, diversities of tongues.” – II Corinthians 12:27,28.
Jesus Christ Magnified: “And he made the altar of burnt offering of shittim wood: five cubits was the length thereof, and five cubits the breadth thereof; it was foursquare; and three cubits the height thereof.” – Exodus 38:1.
Today’s Prayer: God, Thank You for Your wisdom and the knowledge You give us to be able to use the talents You give us. While You always give us a choice to serve You, we truly do not understand the purpose and joy that comes when we come to You willingly and use those skills for Your purpose. Lord, lead me and guide me, prepare my heart, help me to be eager to diligently study Your Word so that I can effectively serve You in the areas of Your calling, whenever You call me. I love You and ask this in Jesus’ name. Amen.
God Bless You, I am praying for you,
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