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Is it Time to Revamp?

Jeremie Webb

Today’s Torah Devotional from Exodus 35:1-20
The Second Book of the Torah, “Shemot,” “Names.”
This weeks reading is, “Vayakhel,” “And he assembled”

We begin our reading this week with Moses/Moshe assembling the people to tell them all of what GOD has commanded.

Again, the very first commandment Moshe presents is the keeping of Saturday as the Shabbat/Sabbath, stating whomever does work on that day shall be put to death.

He continues with GOD’s Words to “collect among yourselves an elevated offering to GOD.”

He then proceeds to explain what offerings he is accepting for GOD and allowing each to give as they feel lead.

The articles to be offered are all that is needed to construct the Communion Tent and all of the utensils, altars, oils and incense to be used in service to GOD.

He also calls every naturally talented individual to come forth to make all that GOD has ordered.

The sacred vestments for Aaron and his son’s to wear along with all things necessary to create the breast plate of the High Priest.

The people then went from Moshe to get their offerings.

Here we have Moshe dictating the commandments of GOD once again to the people, beginning with the six day work week and Saturday being the Shabbat/Sabbath.

Repeatedly GOD comes back to this commandment, reiterating its importance and it’s enforcement as breaking this commandment is a capital offense, punishable by death.

Moshe continues speaking to the people giving them the inventory of offerings required to construct all that GOD has ordered.

He doesn’t “assign” these offerings, nor does he beg for them or offer any form of persuasion, he simply states the offerings which are required and acceptable.

He makes it very clear they are to give as they feel, or as they desire.

He isn’t looking for anything other than obedience to the commandment of what GOD has ordered for the constructing of the Communion Tent.

How often do we see the needs of our community and look for opportunity?

Do we assume others will meet those needs or are we all too eager to “jump right in?”

Do you take on all that you can calling it “service” to the “house of GOD,” or the “People of GOD,” eliminating the opportunity for anyone else to come along side and serve?

How tragic that so many congregations have those same people who repeatedly do everything?

There is a “common rule” in ministry called the 80/20 rule. It states 20% of the congregation does 80% of all the work.

This most often occurs when the same 20% keep taking the opportunities available, never offering others to get involved.

They do this for any number of “reasonable” excuses, i.e., trust, availability, convenience, etc. Never Once considering the blessing they are literally ROBBING others of by standing in the way, not even making the opportunity known.

We see in these scriptures as well as previously in the conversations GOD had with Moshe considering these offerings, HE gave explicit instructions that ALL of the people would give to the creation of the Communion Tent, not just the wealthy or the “20%” who have become the “go to” group.

Everyone deserves the opportunity to contribute to the “Communion Tent.”

If you’re attending a ministry, you’re being spiritually fed, or physically fed there, contributing in tithes and offerings, then you’re work is only begun.

You owe it to yourself to become involved in your assembly, your congregation.

GOD appointed certain people with natural talents to take on the construction of all HE had ordered, however, in order to create GOD’s order there was a necessity for everyone to contribute.

You may not have a specialized skill or talent for construction, however, you do have the gift of service, the gift of organizing, promoting even following in a ministry to fulfill the complete organization.

If you’re in a house of worship and you’re not participating in that ministry, you may want to seriously pray and ask GOD for direction, then get with your congregational leader(s) and find your place in the construction of your “Communion Tent” today!

I assure you there’s something for Everyone.

Take back the 20/80 rule and repeal it.

Take ownership in participation of your congregation.

Make yourself of value in service to your congregation and to your community for the spreading of the Good News through service to your congregation.

When we have many hands participating, all that must be done is accomplished and everyone has purpose, meaning and ownership of the Communion Tent, not just a chosen few.

What are your thoughts on these scriptures?

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