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Exodus 35:1-29, For the Work that Needs Doing

Key Verse

All the Israelite men and women whose hearts made them willing to bring anything for the work that the Lord had commanded by Moses to be done, brought it as a freewill-offering to the Lord.
— Exodus 35:29

RCL Daily Devotion for Monday, March 4, 2019

RCL Daily Devotions written by Daniel D. Maurer from RCL Worship Resources (see more).


I feel sort of ashamed to admit this. It was something I used to do when I was kid. I must have figured this out when I was oh, I dunno, eleven or twelve years old.

When we attended the church I belonged to when we were growing up, a UMC church, often our congregation would host special events where food was served. Many preparations were necessary to get everything in order for the event. The whole congregation would participate in helping in the way they were able.

Of course, my mother would give me a job, usually to go fetch something for the church kitchen. After I would complete that, I would then walk back and forth from one location to another to make it look as if I were doing something. I looked “busy.” Of course, what I was trying to do was avoid working altogether! It was more interesting to me to see if I could get away with it and look at all the others doing something. After the event, people would come up to me and pat me on the back, saying, “Thanks for helping! You sure were busy, going all over the place.”

Looking back, I can feel a sense of shame for acting like that. Still, I know that I’m forgiven, but today’s reading brings a point I don’t wish to forget anytime soon—God needs us. God needs you. We as human beings were created to live in community and communities have plenty of work to be done.

So, don’t be like I was! Busy yourself with the gifts you have to make a difference for your community.

What are ways you like to help your faith community or family when there is work to be done?


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