Are You Willing?

Due to everyone’s willingness, we were able to complete the job a day earlier than expected.

Exodus 35:1-35

Reference: v.21 …and everyone who was willing and whose heart moved them came and brought an offering to the Lord for the work on the tent of meeting, for all its service, and for the sacred garments. (TNIV Bible)

Explore: Completing the landscaping at the front of our house was a HUGE job. When we began my husband and I had no idea what we were getting ourselves in for.

We had a skilled friend give us a hand to get started, and by the end of the week a number of my family members came along to give us a hand. Really the majority of the work was just pure manual labour. You didn’t need to be that skilled to help out, you just had to be willing.

On the one hand, we had our skilled landscaping friend and my garden-loving mother assisting. On the other hand, we had my father who was unwell and my garden-hating sister helping too.

And yet, due to everyone’s willingness, we were able to complete the job a day earlier than expected.

Application: When we get involved in God’s work I think He is more interested in our willingness than our skill.

That’s not to say that skill is not important. It’s helpful if we work in the area in which we have some skill, and yet often our willingness to get in and help out can be just as important.

There are many jobs in building the Kingdom of God that everyone can contribute to, it’s just a matter of each person rolling up their sleeves and being willing to be a part of the process.

Prayer: Lord, thank you for the skills that you give to us. Help us to see the jobs that need doing in our faith communities, so that we can step up to lend a hand. Amen.

What are some tasks you can be involved in to build God’s kingdom and His faith communities?

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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.