Stirred and Willing

by Rev Lai Kai Ming

Readings: Exodus 35:10-36:38; Psalm 31:9-18

READ (verse/s chosen for meditation)
Exodus 35:20-21
And all the congregation of the children of Israel departed from the presence of Moses. Then everyone came whose heart was stirred, and everyone whose spirit was willing, and they brought the Lord’s offering for the work of the tabernacle of meeting, for all its service, and for the holy garments.

REFLECT
God had elaborate plans for the tabernacle, which He shared with Moses.  The tabernacle would be an expensive project, with gold, jewels, precious wood, and expensive fabric all in.  But God had already provided for these, when the Israelites “plundered” their masters (Ex 12:36) as they left Egypt.   Still, it was up to the Israelites to decide whether they would release to God what He had provided.

RELATE
In recent months, I was quite perplexed as to why our pledge figures have been dropping year by year.  Should I preach a sermon on this topic – it’s been many years since this was done.  Or should I address it during one of the “announcement” slots?  What should happen before our people’s hearts would be “stirred” again?  Well, from the context of our passage (cf. Ex 34), it seems clear – we will need a fresh encounter with LORD.  But how can we engineer that?  We cannot.  We can only pray.  And keep praying.

REST
Lord, touch our hearts once again.  For if our hearts are hardened, so would our wallets be.  Help me to realize that all You are requiring from me, You have already provided.

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Day 251

by Rev Joel Yong

Mark 4:1-9
Again he began to teach beside the sea. And a very large crowd gathered about him, so that he got into a boat and sat in it on the sea, and the whole crowd was beside the sea on the land. And he was teaching them many things in parables, and in his teaching he said to them: Listen! A sower went out to sow. And as he sowed, some seed fell along the path, and the birds came and devoured it. Other seed fell on rocky ground, where it did not have much soil, and immediately it sprang up, since it had no depth of soil. And when the sun rose it was scorched, and since it had no root, it withered away. Other seed fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up and choked it, and it yielded no grain. And other seeds fell into good soil and produced grain, growing up and increasing and yielding thirtyfold and sixtyfold and a hundredfold. And he said, He who has ears to hear, let him hear.

How often do you sow seeds of the gospel in another’s life?
I ask this because – Bill Hybels pointed out that a quarter of the seeds fall on good soil. But three quarters don’t!

So out of every 4 persons you sow seeds in- it’s often only 1 who will come to receive this Good News and have it grow roots and bear fruit in their lives.

So if we seldom see lives touched when we share the gospel – and we earnestly desire to do so – then we need to sow more seeds!!

Start today!