As we draw closer and closer to the time when we will have a new facility where we can assemble for worship or other spiritual activity, as well as gather for “family” time or fun, I am reminded of a similar endeavor undertaken many years ago, which the Holy Spirit had recorded for us to consider—in 2018! (Romans 15:4)
“And Bezalel and Oholiab, and every gifted artisan in whom the LORD has put wisdom and understanding, to know how to do all manner of work for the service of the sanctuary, shall do according to all that the LORD has commanded. Then Moses called Bezalel and Oholiab, and every gifted artisan in whose heart the LORD had put wisdom, everyone whose heart was stirred, to come and do the work. And they received from Moses all the offering which the children of Israel had brought for the work of the service of making the sanctuary. So they continued bringing to him freewill offerings every morning. Then all the craftsman who were doing all the work of the sanctuary came, each from the work he was doing, and they spoke to Moses, saying, ‘The people bring much more than enough for the service of the work which the LORD commanded us to do.’ So Moses gave a commandment… and the people were restrained from bringing, for the material they had was sufficient for all the work to be done—indeed too much.” (from Ex. 36:1-7: Provisions for the Tabernacle) (NKJV)
“Then King David said to the entire assembly: “…the work is great; for the temple is not for man, but for the LORD God. Now with all my ability I have provided for the house of my God…Moreover, in my delight in the house of my God, the treasure I have…I give…over and above all that I have already prepared for the holy temple…Then the rulers of the fathers’ households, and the princes of the tribes of Israel, and the commanders of thousands and of hundreds, with the overseers over the king’s work, offered willingly. And for the service for the house of God they gave…Then the people rejoiced, because they had offered so willingly, for they made their offering to the LORD with a whole heart, and King David also rejoiced greatly.” (from 1st Chron. 29:1-9: Provisions for the Temple) (NASB95)
Let’s prayerfully consider these scriptures as we look to a time when we may be called upon to offering our “gift” of love, be it monetary or otherwise, to ensure the completion of a tremendous investment into the future of this congregation. We recognize that the facility is not the temple of old. It is, nevertheless, a place that helps to facilitate the work of this church. The Ripon church of Christ, a Family of God, rooted in Christ, is a congregation of the LORD’s church that is dedicated and committed to doing our absolute best for Him! We are on the brink of realizing an enormous blessing and can be confident that God will continue to bless us for our generous hearts!