Tithing Your Time
We have been reading very specific details of how God wanted the tabernacle, utensils of worship, and priestly garments made. It was clear that great artistry and craftsmanship was required to do justice to God’s instructions. Today we find that God not only gave instructions but He provided the individuals with the skills and abilities necessary to accomplish what He had commanded.
Exodus 31:1-6 ESV
“ The LORD said to Moses,  “See, I have called by name Bezalel the son of Uri, son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah,  and I have filled him with the Spirit of God, with ability and intelligence, with knowledge and all craftsmanship,  to devise artistic designs, to work in gold, silver, and bronze,  in cutting stones for setting, and in carving wood, to work in every craft.  And behold, I have appointed with him Oholiab, the son of Ahisamach, of the tribe of Dan. And I have given to all able men ability, that they may make all that I have commanded you”
Here God tells Moses that He has provided individuals capable of providing all that has been commanded. I think this demonstrates an important truth about God. He won’t ask the impossible of His children. Now what He asks of us may seem impossible but we must remember that with God all things are possible. Now God the Son has commanded His followers to make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that He has commanded us.
Such a task requires the efforts of many different individuals providing a wide variety of skill sets and spiritual gifts. We are called the “body of Christ”, and every part of the body has a task they must perform for the sake of God’s commands. God has given to all able men ability. What has He given you? What are your skill sets? What are your spiritual gifts? Are you using them for His purposes or solely for your own? The craftsmen of Moses’ day were not asked to sell all they had and do nothing but uncompensated work for the Lord. Even when He called the tribe of Levi to the priesthood He ensured their livelihood. All God asked of these men was to use their skills for His glory as well as for their own livelihood. It really wasn’t much to ask of them and it isn’t much to ask of you.
Besides tithing you income, which I hope you do, consider tithing your time as well. Be in service to your Lord and Savior. Be obedient to His call on your life. He has gifted you for your wellbeing as well as for His glory. Gratefully, joyfully, thankfully, offer your services as a humble sacrifice unto the Lord!
Have a blessed day!
Your brother and servant in Christ,
Dying to self, living to serve!