April 22nd, 2012

Called to a Spiritual Journey, Part 1

journey_bwThe Stewardship Journey for God’s people can trace its history back to the initial construction of the first place they would meet to worship Him.

The priority of the creation connecting with their creator in worship is clearly evident in Exodus 31. It is the story of God engaging skilled laborers who are supported by the resources and time of his people to prepare the Tabernacle or Tent of Meeting, a sort of portable church, if you will. These details are preceded by a plan of the resources needed and design directives for the facility (Ex. 25ff). Once this facility is commissioned to begin construction, Moses, their spiritual leader, leaves the people and removes himself to gain the next spiritual vision.

While he is on top of Mt. Sinai receiving the covenant of the Ten Commandments, the people and their leader make a stewardship choice that is detrimental. Because of fear and lack of spiritual maturity they surrender their resources, not for the Tabernacle, but to create a new god, a golden calf, to meet their immediate need (Ex. 32). This fall is met with judgment, then repentance, then surrender, and finally obedience. Their now wholehearted obedience reaps a surplus beyond the need and the Tabernacle is completed.

“…and said to Moses, ‘The people are bringing more than enough for doing the work the LORD commanded to be done.'” Exodus 36:5 (NIV)

Scripture repeatedly tells the redemptive story of God reaching out towards his creation through his called leaders and people. It is an ancient story that contains timeless truths and principles for the modern church.

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