Respond Like the Craftsmen

Guys, this story is just so cool, we need to talk about it again today. We’ve already discussed Oholiab and Bezalel and the response of the Israelites, leaving one group to focus in on: the craftsmen.

They still kept bringing him freewill offerings every morning, so that all the craftsmen who were doing every sort of task on the sanctuary came, each from the task that he was doing, and said to Moses, “The people bring much more than enough for doing the work that the Lord has commanded us to do.” Exodus 36:3b-5 (ESV)

Now this is a big deal to me. They asked Moses to tell the people to stop giving! When has that happened ever? No non-profit has looked at donors and said “you know, I think we’re good – you don’t have to give any more”. This whole concept of “we have enough” is not something that we’re particularly familiar with.

The craftsmen knew what they were doing, they were building something for God. Had they been doing this in America, they likely would’ve taken it all and, because bigger must be better, built something not according to God’s specifications. They didn’t do more than God had instructed them to do. They obeyed God’s specifications exactly: no more, no less. I don’t know about you, but I have a tendency to try and do more than is necessary. I always want to go above and beyond, I don’t want to just meet standards, but blow them out of the water.

What has God told you to do?

About a month ago, I had a Bible study at my home and I felt very specifically that we were supposed to have a time of praise and worship, prayer, and reflection. Our evening together was going to be spent creating space for God to speak. But as the day was approaching I began to add things to the agenda: giving a word for each person, buying notebooks for the girls to write in, printing out lyrics to songs so they could sing along, etc. Then I felt the Holy Spirit just say “no”. I wanted to add things and make this evening into something more than what God had said; he wanted simplicity and space, not my agenda.

So again, I ask, what has God told you to do?

Is there anything that you’re trying to add to the commands of God?

It’s not faith + works that justify us.
It’s not salvation + attending church.
It’s not acknowledging Jesus as Lord + reading the Bible.

We should do our good works, attend church, read his Word, pray, worship, give, live in community and more all because we love God not as an addition to make us more holy. Let’s give all of those “extras” over to God, knowing that we don’t need to add to his commands. When we rest in the fact that he is more than enough, we are free to be who he called us to be.

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