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God has never demanded or expected his people to give or do more than they are willing or able to do. He has never been a bully, or a merciless task master. Instead, like any father, he offers his people the chance to be a part of something great–some by giving and others by doing.
Throughout the liberated people, men and women brought their best and did their best to execute God’s plan for his meeting place. The result was awesome. The people were united and focused on something besides themselves. It was a true revival.
In our culture, when we refocus on God and others–rather than on ourselves, we become the best of ourselves. The difference is stark, amazing and life changing for ourselves and for others. We are not driven to give what we do not possess or do what we do not know–no, we are simply offered the opportunity to give our best and do our best to create the amazing. Such selfless acts, while beneficial for God and others are liberating and game-changing for those willing to step out and heed the call.
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Then Moses said to the whole community of Israel, “This is what the Lord has commanded:
Take a sacred offering for the Lord. Let those with generous hearts present the following gifts to the Lord:gold, silver, and bronze;
blue, purple, and scarlet thread;fine linen and goat hair for cloth;
tanned ram skins and fine goatskin leather;acacia wood;
olive oil for the lamps;spices for the anointing oil and the fragrant incense;
onyx stones, and other gemstones to be set in the ephod and the priest’s chestpiece.
“Come, all of you who are gifted craftsmen. Construct everything that the Lord has commanded:
the Tabernacle and its sacred tent, its covering, clasps, frames, crossbars, posts, and bases;
the Ark and its carrying poles;the Ark’s cover—the place of atonement;the inner curtain to shield the Ark;
the table, its carrying poles, and all its utensils;the Bread of the Presence;
So the whole community of Israel left Moses and returned to their tents.
All whose hearts were stirred and whose spirits were moved came and brought their sacred offerings to the Lord. They brought all the materials needed for the Tabernacle, for the performance of its rituals, and for the sacred garments.