No More, No Less

“Then wrought Bezaleel and Aholiab, and every wise hearted man, in whom the Lord put wisdom and understanding to know how to work all manner of work for the service of the sanctuary, according to all that the Lord had commanded. And Moses called Bezaleel and Aholiab, and every wise hearted man, in whose heart the Lord had put wisdom, even every one whose heart stirred him up to come unto the work to do it: and they received of Moses all the offering, which the children of Israel had brought for the work of the service of the sanctuary, to make it withal . And they brought yet unto him free offerings every morning. And all the wise men, that wrought all the work of the sanctuary, came every man from his work which they made; and they spake unto Moses, saying, The people bring much more than enough for the service of the work, which the Lord commanded to make. And Moses gave commandment, and they caused it to be proclaimed throughout the camp, saying, Let neither man nor woman make any more work for the offering of the sanctuary. So the people were restrained from bringing. For the stuff they had was sufficient for all the work to make it, and too much.” Exodus 36:1-7

Are you called to minister? Are you sure?

To be called to service in the Lord is the greatest thing, after salvation, which can happen to a believer. To know that God has given us a ministry and a purpose in His kingdom while we are still here on Earth can fill us with contentment and joy. But, what happens when we think we’ve been called and we actually have not?

Notice in the scripture today that everyone who was called was equipped. The Lord put the wisdom and the understanding of how to build the sanctuary within them. It was the Lord Who called them into service by giving them these gifts to fulfill His work here on Earth. And so, as God does, He put it on the hearts of the people to bring offerings of supplies needed to accomplish this task, which they did every day.

The thing is, they brought too much. They zealously wanted to serve the Lord and brought stuff day after day after day, blindly. They knew the work which was being done and they wanted to be a part of it in their giving. Things went well until there was too much stuff. And here is our lesson:

When we wish to serve the Lord, it is in our own, and those to whom we minister’s, best interest to do what He asks, no more, no less.

How are we to know exactly what He asks?

Prayer is the first answer to that question. When we pray to God about all things and trust Him with all things, the Bible says God is faithful to guide our steps. When we pray, we should expect an answer. God is not a distant, non involved entity who does not care for us. Far from that gloomy view of Who God is is the fact that He is a God Who wants to have a relationship with each and every one of us. Prayer is our way of talking with God. Not to Him, but with Him. When we pray, there should be quite time where we stop talking and open up our hearts and minds to what God wants to say to us. This is the time where He will direct our paths, and give us instructions. All of the Bible reading we have done will come into play as verses come to our recollection and the ideas of what we should do enter our mind. When those things line up, we know God is talking to us. We need to listen.

Discernment is another answer. We are all given a conscious to follow at birth. The idea of right from wrong is already within us. Discernment, however, is extra sensory. It is God the Holy Spirit giving us knowledge we otherwise would not have. Sometimes, we suddenly “just know,” or sometimes, when we are on the right path, we are given “tingles,” or a touch of His Presence confirming we are going the right way. We need to learn how to rely upon Him in this way, as the Holy Spirit is there for just this purpose, always pointing to Christ, and always comforting and guiding us correctly, if we will listen. We need to listen.

Through those He has placed around us and over us is yet another answer, and it is the answer we see in our text today. God uses us all in some form, even when we don’t know it; but, He uses leaders to guide us more than others. It is those God appointed leaders who have been through it already. It is they who understand how God works best through years of being in their positions and what choices are not toward God but leading us away or down a wrong path.

When those who were called to work on the tabernacle came forth, it was Moses who told them to do what God had called them to do. When they knew they had too much, they did not go to the people and tell them not to give any more, they went to Moses. It was God’s anointed leader who then told the people to stop bringing goods to the work. They had to be told to stop.

Have you been striving to serve God, doing a good work, yet it has been unfulfilling? Have you, beloved, questioned whether what you are doing is even what God wants from you? Then take it to your leadership. They are aware of the needs of their church and of their community. They will encourage you to continue if that is your calling, or they will redirect you into some other means of service.

God is good. God is faithful. He honors your heart and your faithful service, my friend. But, perhaps He desires to use you for something greater still. There is no shame in going to leaders whom God has appointed and discussing these things. After all, they are more accountable because of their position in leadership. Honor God by honoring them with respect and following their direction.

Lastly, don’t give yourself away because you are entrenched in doing something that started off being a good thing, but now is no longer joyful. Seek guidance and learn to reel yourself in a bit. Don’t abandon the cause, but let someone above you give you a fresh perspective on what it means to serve God. The people gave every day, and they didn’t complain, but one might wonder just how long they could have continued in such a manner. It took Godly counsel to stop them from giving all of themselves away. Seek that Godly counsel and listen.