Leaving the spectator seat

God is calling a generation and a people to rise up, to stop living for the world and start pursuing Him. Church, I feel a personal conviction to set aside the things that are distracting us, to eliminate the things which are hindering our personal growth with the Lord. We live as though we have all the time in the world, when Scripture tells us we don’t know what our allotted space on this earth is because this place is not our permanent home. (James 4:13-17)

I love this verse in Exodus because we see the process of going from spectator to player, from an uninvolved third party to the midst of the action.

Exodus 36:2 reads, “Then Moses called Bezalel and Oholiab and every skillful person in whom the Lord had put skill, everyone whose heart stirred him, to come to work to perform it.”

In Exodus 35:31 we read where the Spirit of God filled Bezalel and Oholiab and prompted them to complete His work.

If you are a born again Christian, if your life has been transformed by the power of Jesus Christ, then you have the same Spirit of God abiding in you. The indwelling of the Holy Spirit was promised to us by God as “a pledge of our inheritance” in the Lord (Ephesians 1:14).

So, if we are redeemed believers, we have the resurrection power living, breathing, moving in our spirits. God has given us each unique gifts and talents, and He is calling them out of us today.

Has God been stirring your heart to move to a new city? Do you feel Him calling you to a new job, a different university? Is He telling you to write a book, film a documentary, apply for that internship? Whatever He is stirring in your heart to do, pray on it, compare the calling to what Scripture says, and go forward.

Too often we get stuck in the stirring of our hearts, and then we manage to talk ourselves out of the rest. Today, we say no more. No more standing still because when we aren’t using our gifts to serve God, we are serving ourselves instead. We are choosing comfort over Christ, the known over the King. It’s time to say enough is enough and to die to ourselves, pick up our crosses, and reorganize our priorities.

I love the book of Exodus because there are so many powerful displays of who God is, and in this chapter where the building of the sanctuary is taking place, I believe the Israelites have begun to taste His goodness. They not only experienced stirring in their hearts, but they responded with such enthusiasm and graciousness that Moses had to issue a command for the offerings to stop because they had given so fully of themselves that there was now an abundance! (Exodus 36:5-6).

What sparks such an insatiable passion in me is that the Israelites were offering freewill sacrifices to the temple! This was purely based on the stirrings they felt in their spirits and their acting upon those promptings. God wasn’t forcing their hand, but they’d experienced the goodness of God and they wanted to serve Him.

Brothers and sisters, I pray our hearts reflect the same graciousness and humility of God’s children in this chapter. They had seen God’s hand, and they knew who He was. He was and is still worthy of our praises and our efforts. No, choosing to honor the Spirit over the flesh isn’t easy and it certainly isn’t natural, but it is the most rewarding because in the process we draw closer to God.

What is He stirring you to do today? Stop waiting and take action. He is searching the world, looking for those who are willing and hungry to put feet to their faith and leave the spectator seat.

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