It would save me some time and money.
Reference: “They made the poles of acacia wood and overlaid them with gold.” Exodus 37:28 NIV
Explore: While I’m no gourmet chef in the kitchen, I do like to make food that people enjoy. A little while ago I decided to make a Thai feast for some friends.
As I browsed the supermarket for all the ingredients I would need I noticed a few packet mixes. If I bought these packets of Thai meals it would save me some time and money.
I didn’t know, however, how good they would taste. It may have made the cooking easier, but would it make the taste sensations I was aiming for?
In the end I decided not to cut corners. I bought all the fresh ingredients and poured all my time and love into cooking the feast for my friends.
If I was just making an everyday evening meal for myself, I would have quite happily taken the easy option. But for my friends I wanted it to be perfect.
Application: I feel this was the case with the Israelites when they were making the elements of worship for God. The amount of gold they must have used to complete everything would have been at a vast expense.
But they didn’t want anything less for God, so they gave generously and made it all beautifully.
When it comes to God, how committed are we to give our best? Do we go out of our way to give of our time and our resources?
While I loved pleasing my friends with a Thai feast, the One I should be focussing great effort towards is God.
When we do things for Him we could take a leaf out of the Israelites book and work to give of our best in all we do.
Prayer: Lord, I commit to give You my best today. May I be diligent in my work as I serve You. Amen.
When it comes to God, how committed are you to give your best?
This article was written by Linda Bailey
Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.