“All who are gifted artisans among you shall come and make all the tools of worship that the Lord has commanded. ” Exodus 35:10
It must have been an amazing, busy time watching as the articles of the tabernacle were fashioned. Brass and gold works, tapestries and garments, lamp stands and incense burners. Exodus goes on to say in verse 35 that the Lord filled the workers, artisans, and tradespeople with every kind of skill to do all manner of work.
And now it’s our turn, or “Do you not know that you are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you?” (1Corinthians 3:16)
What tools, what skills have we been given to add to the experience of worship? It is evident some of us have musical ability, some sing, some praise and preach, and some dance. If it’s not too much of a stretch, I’d like to suggest that listening is also an art we can all bring to build up the Body of Christ. Romans 10:17 says, “So then Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.”
The attention to detail is part of what makes Exodus’s rendition of constructing the tabernacle such a commendable history. Can we say the same about our attention span during the pastor’s presentation, a neighbor’s prayer request, or a simple update in fellowship?
Being heard is a paramount principle in being valued and respected. Sometimes the boldest step we can take in preparation of communion is to admit we haven’t been paying attention and ask the saint pouring out their soul to forgive us and repeat themselves.
Jesus said, “He who has ears, let him hear.” What could He possibly mean by that?
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