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Tuesday, 29 September 2015

Numbers 7: Special in God's eyes

Good evening, girls! Today we are reading Numbers 7, and wow, it's a long chapter, isn't it!!

When I first read it through I wondered, 'what's the reason behind giving all these details about the princes of each tribe coming with their individual offerings...especially when every single one of the twelve offerings is identical?' The only difference in the description of these offerings is the name of the person who brought them. Then it struck me - it's because every single, individual work done for God is highly important to Him, even if it is the same job that someone else is doing! God could easily have had Moses write down that
"Nahshon, Nethaneel, Eliab, Elizur (and so on) offered..."
But each person and what they did for Him is important to God and He doesn't just clump them all together in His description of what they did. No, He mentions each one of them by name and what they brought to Him as if they were the only person to do this task.

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Are you a Sunday School teacher or a children's worker? You probably see yourself ONLY as one member of a big team, and indeed that is true. It's good to have teams of workers who are all of the same mind and focus. But when the Lord looks down on a Sunday morning or a Friday evening or whenever your meeting is held, as you work with the little ones, He sees one individual important part of the team who is serving Him with all of their heart. If God was to write about your offering (of service) He would probably write something like this:
"Mrs Johnston offered her time and talents to prepare to speak to this little group of children; she took time to pray for them and to teach them about their Saviour; she loves them and cares for them and seeks to reach them in My name.
Mrs Watson offered her time and talents to prepare to speak to this little group of children; she took time to pray for them and to teach them about their Saviour; she loves them and cares for them and seeks to reach them in My name.
Mr Thompson offered his time and talents to prepare to speak to this little group of children; he took time to pray for them and to teach them about their Saviour; he loves them and cares for them and seeks to reach them in My name."
All these people are doing the same work; but in their own individual way, God values them highly as an important part of His service, and as such He takes note of your labours for Him.

The Lord appreciates those who labour for Him, no matter what the task is. Just remember how special and important you are to Him! You are an individual who pleases the Lord when you serve Him. Keep up the good work!

Hugs, Karen x

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