Christian worship is a communal affair. It is something that is done best when it is done together.
“Take from among you a contribution to the Lord.” Those who were willing brought a contribution. They brought their gifts. Some brought gold. Some brought thread. Some brought animal skins.
They looked around the house, “We can bring this.” And they did. This was for the Lord. This was for the house of God.
“And they came, everyone whose heart stirred him, and everyone whose spirit moved him, and brought the Lord’s contribution to be used for the tent of the meeting, and for all its service, and for the holy garments.”
When God was first putting together his tabernacle, he drew upon the whole people – not just a few.
Worship is a communal affair. It wasn’t just the priests who did the worshiping and who controlled everything. Anyone could play a role. Anyone could bring a gift.
Too many Christians hold back from contributing their gifts to the life of the church. “They don’t need me,” they say. “I don’t have anything to offer.”
Or they might say, “I don’t have time for that. Someone else is just going to have to do it.” And they stay home, they stay away, they keep their gifts to themselves.
This isn’t about money, although it does not exclude the topic of money. Rather, this is about anything we have that could be given for the upbuilding of the church. The most valuable thing we have to give is not necessarily financial. In fact, it’s likely not financial.
What is your contribution to the work of the Lord in our church family?