Time for a slogan guessing game. Whose uses the slogan “Just Do It” in their marketing? Nike. Ok-that was too easy, but it fits. There is no question as to what is meant. It means action. No procrastination. No dilly-dallying. Just do it.
Ex. 36:1 could be very roughly translated “Just do it”. Remember good old “Bezalel” that we talked about earlier this week? He was the God-gifted craftsman. His ability and skill were spelled out as from God and for a purpose. It was not just Bezalel who got the way above average skills but others were also gifted with both skills and intelligence in the same areas. Today, Moses tells them to “work in accordance with all that the Lord has commanded.” In other words, do the work.
What about the materials to do this stuff? What were they to work with? Remember yesterday all the ornamental and expensive metals given up? Not only did the people give these things up to stay out of sin, they also continued to give things as offerings to God. It just so happens that much of the tabernacle pieces and items were to be “overlaid” with gold and other fine metals and jewels. Those are now available. So, the people with the skill and intelligence are available and the materials have been provided.. It is time to get to work-and do what the Lord has commanded.
We talked about the fact that just as Bezalel was gifted in certain ways, we are too. Today, I suggest we follow in Bezalel’s footsteps and get on with “doing it”. Hopefully you have taken time to consider some ways God has gifted you this week. Look around for the “materials” God has given you and get started. Do what God has commanded and lets get to work. Let’s “build” whatever is our piece of work to his glory to build. If you don’t know what I mean, here is a simple, but clear example you may not be aware of in Gege’s life of how she follows the Nike motto to “Just do it”. Gege is gifted in the area of knitting. She has an extensive knowledge of it and due to many other projects as well as the generosity of others, she has a lot of excess yarn. She is constantly making infant hats for orphans and pregnancy centers. She also ministers to God’s glory weekly by teaching some women at GSV who do not have the skill or yarn to knit. She has been given the ability, God provided materials, and she works with those every week, using her gift to the good of others and to God’s glory. God has commanded us to look after the widows and the orphans. (James 1:27) God commands us to not forget to do good and to share with others. (Heb. 13:16). God tells us that whoever is kind to the poor (orphans, unwed mothers) lends to the Lord. (Prov. 19:17) Gege is “doing” God’s commands through her “knitting” ministry in this way as well as many others I have not mentioned.
What about you and I? Are we? Let’s just “Do It” too, if we haven’t already started. No Nike’s required. No excuses. No procrastination. Take your gifts and the materials and Just do it!