Do you ever make simple things too complicated?
Especially when it comes to serving God.
What I have to offer connects unnecessarily to my identity.
What am I good at? Will others agree?
What if I don’t perform well? What if it is challenging and takes more of me than I am willing to give?
What if I fail?
Do I have the time and do I want my time to go to this?
All of my questions and concerns usually keep me from doing anything at all.
After reading through Exodus this week, I was intrigued by how uncomplicated serving God seemed.
But complicated and confusing? No.
God gave Moses specific instructions on how to construct the Tabernacle and the needs were great, but let’s pause and get a glimpse of what it takes to serve effectively:
Every skilled woman spun with her hands and brought what she had spun – blue, purple or scarlet yarn or fine linen. And all the women who were willing and had the skill spun the goat hair.
Exodus 35: 25-26
Then Moses summoned Bezalel, Oholiab, and every skilled person to whom the Lord had given ability and who was willing to come and do the work.
Two questions emerge from these passages on serving the Lord:
1- What skills can we offer the Lord?
2- Are we willing?
Skilled and willing.
It’s a good thing our Creator already fitted us with the skills needed to serve Him.
God takes the question, “Do I have anything to offer?” off the table. His word answers with a resounding “Yes!”
For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.
Now may the God of peace, who through the blood of the eternal covenant brought back from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great Shepherd of the sheep, equip you with everything good for doing his will, and may he work in us what is pleasing to him, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.
For in him you have been enriched in every way – with all kinds of speech and with all knowledge – God thus confirming our testimony about Christ among you. Therefore you do not lack any spiritual gift as you eagerly wait for our Lord Jesus Christ to be revealed.
1 Corinthians 1:5-7
And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.
2 Corinthians 9:8
If we desire to be plugged into our local church or if we feel led to write, sing, draw, sew, or use our unique skill sets for God’s glory, then the only question remaining is:
“Are we willing?”
Are we willing to take a shaky step of faith and risk feeling awkward in a new environment?
Are we willing to risk looking not-so-skilled as we develop and strengthen the very skill set entrusted to us by God?
The Israelites used what they had and offered it to the Lord so that God’s presence would dwell among them.
When we crave God’s presence in our lives, families, and church the way the Israelites thirsted for the presence of God in the desert, then our insecurities will fade and skilled and willing will be enough.
It is time for us to use the abilities God entrusted to us. We need to be willing to take wobbly steps of faith so others can begin their walk of faith in Jesus Christ.
It’s not complicated when we have our Creator on our side.
I linked up with Meredith Bernard today for Woman to Woman Wednesdays #w2w
Check her out at www.meredithbernard.com You will definitely be encouraged!