Tabernacle | Devotion 1: Servants of the Lord
I never truly understood the Church, or the Christian way of life till I was 22 years old. I had grown up here at our Waterford location when it was still Faith Baptist, I remember having Pastor Josh as the Children’s Pastor, and he would take us to Ceasarland to have fun. I remember going through Pastor Jayson’s Youth Group and leadership. I remember going to Church. I remember these things, but I never truly understood them; I never truly got the point. For a while, I thought that it was something you needed to do, and you needed to go to, but as I got older, I fell away from that. I knew the stories of the Bible; I understood some passages of Scripture. I had an elementary grasp of the concept of salvation and the other “Christianese” words, but to say I understood the Church, I would be lying if I said that I did. It came to a head when I realized truly what salvation is, and why it is so important. Finally, I realized I had done nothing to earn eternal life, but it was given to me by God’s infinite mercy and grace. The price of my sin was paid for by another, and because of that, I am indebted to Him with my life or as the apostle Paul would say, “It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me” (Galatians 2:20). At this point, as I cried on the floor of a bathroom 2,376 miles away, I truly understood what the Church is.
As we have studied the book of Exodus and the life of Moses, we start to come to the end. God has given His people the Law and the rules in which they are to worship Him. In Exodus chapter 35, we have at first the command of the holy day and recognition of the Sabbath; then God tells Moses how to build the tabernacle. Now for many, this word is foreign, and it was for me too, but tabernacle in Hebrew means “dwelling-place.” This was to be the portable house of the Lord and a place for the people to meet with and worship Him as they wandered in the wilderness. Moses is told by the Lord on how it is to be built, much like how God told Noah how to build the Ark. Specific things were required for its construction, and Moses listened and relayed this information to the children of Israel.
After they had heard what Moses had said, Exodus 35:21 (CSB) says, “Everyone whose heart was moved and whose spirit prompted him came and brought an offering to the Lord for the work on the tent of meeting for all its services, and [to make] the holy garments.” At this moment, the people of the Lord were moved in such a way that they went forth and did what the Lord had commanded. That is what we, as the Church, are to do. Too many times, I see people who walk into the doors of our location, week after week, and I see them sit in the same seats talk to the same people, but they never serve. As the church, we are to give back. Jesus did not say, “Go and sit in a seat on Sunday, have Christian radio presets in your car, and pray before your meals if you can remember to do so.” No, He said to go and make disciples of all nations. As a church, we are not to be encouraged on Sunday, and that is it, we are to go and bear fruit, go and be moved by the Spirit and bring forth offerings to Him. We are to offer our lives up in service to Him. We need to stop just being with Church people, and truly become servants of the Lord.