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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Sewing (02/22/07)

TITLE: Serving for the Glory of God
By Mark Drinnenberg
02/27/07


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Somewhere back in time, between Israel’s exodus out of Egypt and entry into the Promised Land, God gave Moses instructions for the building of a tabernacle. It was to be a portable structure in which sacrifices and offerings would be made to the Lord. It was a very important element in the life and worship of Israel and a constant reminder of God’s presence among His people.

The construction of the tabernacle required the labor of many skilled craftsmen and workmen. Among the many articles that had to be fashioned for inclusion in this place of worship were the interior curtains. There were ten of these curtains, coupled together in two groups of five. They were made of fine woven linen with blue, purple, and scarlet thread and had pictures of cherubim embroidered upon them. They adorned the inner wall of the tabernacle and must have been magnificent to behold.

Who were the weavers and embroiderers who worked on these curtains? We don’t know. But God knows. The act of sewing these beautiful articles was an act of service to the One who had instructed that the tabernacle be built. These nameless craftsmen were performing a seemingly menial task for a grand and glorious purpose. They were as much a part of the plan of God as the priests who would stand and offer sacrifices upon the altar.

Sometimes we are driven to do great things for God. Maybe we should be content instead to do things for a great God. It is actually fitting that those who crafted these curtains should remain anonymous to us. After all, the tabernacle was not about them or their skills. It was about the glory of God and His presence among His people. We don’t need to praise the work of the weavers and embroiderers. Rather, we praise the God who loved them and allowed them to use their hands for His purposes.

Jesus said of the scribes and Pharisees, who did their works to be seen by men, that they had their reward. The praise and applause of man is a cheap and fickle reward. How much better it is to serve, whether publicly or anonymously, desiring only the reward of hearing, “Well done my good and faithful servant.” How much better it is to serve for the glory of God.


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Jacquelyn Horne03/02/07
Great pov. We should all take it to heart.
cindy yarger03/06/07
I really enjoyed this. Refreshing with a resounding amen! Good job.
Crista Darr03/12/07
Hi Mark. I judged for this topic and was blessed by your story. It placed 12th overall across all levels on my tally sheet. I suggest you pack the punch of your messages with a more creative approach and you will see the Editor's Choice.