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Noonday Devotion by Keith
Exodus ch 31
1 Then the LORD said to Moses
2 "See, I have chosen Bezalel son of Uri, the son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah,
3 and I have filled him with the Spirit of God, with skill, ability and knowledge in all kinds of crafts
4 to make artistic designs for work in gold, silver and bronze,
5 to cut and set stones, to work in wood, and to engage in all kinds of craftsmanship.
6 Moreover, I have appointed Oholiab son of Ahisamach, of the tribe of Dan, to help him. Also I have given skill to all the craftsmen to make everything I have commanded you:
It is a great joy to serve the Lord. Many people are in what we call the "spotlight ministries", they are teaching or preaching. But what about those unseen ministries.
This is to encourage all those who have a ministry that is unseen. Are you in charge of the putting the chairs out before the meeting? or sweeping up afterwards. Maybe you feel you have no value to the Body of Christ.
Well, God doesn't see you that way at all. He values your ministry, just as much as Billy Graham's.
When Billy Graham preached, during every meeting there were people underneath the platform, praying, there were people who were helping to seat people, there were people who were cleaning, there were people who were serving refreshments
All these people were just as important as Billy Graham, without the prayers of the intercessors, like in the story of Moses on top of the Mountain, victories would not of been won and people drawn to Christ, without those who prayed, cleaned and ushered. Crusades and church meetings would also be no good, if no one came.. maybe you are a bringer.. one who invites his/her family/friends. A shoe salesman in Chicago in the 1800's, only won one person to Christ, but that person was DL Moody.. the great evangelist
These guys in this chapter were chosen personally by God, The job given to you by the Lord, has been hand picked for you and also they were given the power of the Spirit of God to do it.
God has given you a unique skill, maybe it is for unblocking drains, but remember you are uniquely talented, because the talent is from the ultimate talent scout
Let me share about someone in my own church, he does all the odd jobs in the church, despite having his own business, he is consistent.. every men's prayer breakfast.. which he organises.. he is there and that means he is up at 6.30am.. after being part of the teens leadership group the evening before.. that is faithfulness and consistency
God looks for our faithfulness and once we have been faithful in a little job.. God gives us bigger jobs.
Maybe the reason you haven't been given a big job to do, is because you haven't been faithful in the job you already have?
Exodus ch 35
20 Then the whole Israelite community withdrew from Moses' presence,
21 and everyone who was willing and whose heart moved him came and brought an offering to the LORD for the work on the Tent of Meeting, for all its service, and for the sacred garments.
22 All who were willing, men and women alike, came and brought gold jewelry of all kinds: brooches, earrings, rings and ornaments. They all presented their gold as a wave offering to the LORD.
God loves a cheerful giver. He wants us to bring our tithes and offerings joyfully, not with a grudging spirit. It was because Abel gave in the right spirit and Cain did not, that their offerings were accepted and rejected.
Let us bring what we have to God joyfully. Don't you just love verse 21? Everyone who was willing and whose heart moved him, gave their best.
Is your heart moved to give?
Then bring your gift to God in a willing and eager spirit
God bless you
Morning and Evening by CH Spurgeon
"Brethren, pray for us." – I Thessalonians 5:25
This one morning in the year we reserved to refresh the reader’s memory upon the subject of prayer for ministers, and we do most earnestly implore every Christian household to grant the fervent request of the text first uttered by an apostle and now repeated by us. Brethren, our work is solemnly momentous, involving weal or woe to thousands; we treat with souls for God on eternal business, and our word is either a savour of life unto life, or of death unto death. A very heavy responsibility rests upon us, and it will be no small mercy if at the last we be found clear of the blood of all men. As officers in Christ’s army, we are the especial mark of the enmity of men and devils; they watch for our halting, and labour to take us by the heels. Our sacred calling involves us in temptations from which you are exempt, above all it too often draws us away from our personal enjoyment of truth into a ministerial and official consideration of it. We meet with many knotty cases, and our wits are at a non plus; we observe very sad backslidings, and our hearts are wounded; we see millions perishing, and our spirits sink. We wish to profit you by our preaching; we desire to be blest to your children; we long to be useful both to saints and sinners; therefore, dear friends, intercede for us with our God. Miserable men are we if we miss the aid of your prayers, but happy are we if we live in your supplications. You do not look to us but to our Master for spiritual blessings, and yet how many times has He given those blessings through His ministers; ask then, again and again, that we may be the earthen vessels into which the Lord may put the treasure of the gospel. We, the whole company of missionaries, ministers, city missionaries, and students, do in the name of Jesus beseech you
"BRETHREN, PRAY FOR US."
"Only ye shall not go very far away." – Exodus 8:28
This is a crafty word from the lip of the arch-tyrant Pharaoh. If the poor bondaged Israelites must needs go out of Egypt, then he bargains with them that it shall not be very far away; not too far for them to escape the terror of his arms, and the observation of his spies. After the same fashion, the world loves not the non-conformity of nonconformity, or the dissidence of dissent; it would have us be more charitable and not carry matters with too severe a hand. Death to the world, and burial with Christ, are experiences which carnal minds treat with ridicule, and hence the ordinance which sets them forth is almost universally neglected, and even condemned. Worldly wisdom recommends the path of compromise, and talks of "moderation." According to this carnal policy, purity is admitted to be very desirable, but we are warned against being too precise; truth is of course to be followed, but error is not to be severely denounced. "Yes," says the world, "be spiritually minded by all means, but do not deny yourself a little gay society, an occasional ball, and a Christmas visit to a theatre. What’s the good of crying down a thing when it is so fashionable, and everybody does it?" Multitudes of professors yield to this cunning advice, to their own eternal ruin. If we would follow the Lord wholly, we must go right away into the wilderness of separation, and leave the Egypt of the carnal world behind us. We must leave its maxims, its pleasures, and its religion too, and go far away to the place where the Lord calls his sanctified ones. When the town is on fire, our house cannot be too far from the flames. When the plague is abroad, a man cannot be too far from its haunts. The further from a viper the better, and the further from worldly conformity the better. To all true believers let the trumpet-call be sounded, "Come ye out from among them, be ye separate."