October 6, 2017

Romans 12:11 (NLT) — 11 Never be lazy, but work hard and serve the Lord enthusiastically.

I am going to use 1 Kings 7:13ff to comment on our memory verse. These verses describe the detailed workmanship that went into the furnishings for the Lord’s Temple. Keep in mind that our daily work is our worship to the Lord. Solomon hired Huram to make the furnishings and the following verses will tell you why:

1 Kings 7:13–14 (NLT) — 13 King Solomon then asked for a man named Huram to come from Tyre. 14 He was half Israelite, since his mother was a widow from the tribe of Naphtali, and his father had been a craftsman in bronze from Tyre. Huram was extremely skillful and talented in any work in bronze, and he came to do all the metal work for King Solomon.

Solomon was not going to be lazy in his worship and so he hired the best. Huram was a man that was so detailed in his worship that even the little pomegranates, that served no useful purpose other than to provide beauty, were counted. Not one was left out. They were even in places where you couldn’t see all of them. The writer in this chapter goes on to describe in detail all of the furnishings in the temple. You need to read the chapter to appreciate the detail and to understand the writer putting it all down on paper for us.

The story is told of a craftsman who was doing some intricate work in a well known house of worship in America. A tourist was viewing the building one day and noticed this craftsman doing meticulous work high up near the ceiling, focusing his skill on some symbol all but invisible from the floor. In fact, he was occupied with a detail that faced the ceiling where no one else could see it. So the tourist asked, “Why are you being so exact; no one can even see the detail of what you are creating from this distance.” Instantly the artist responded, “God can.”

Isn’t this what the writer of 1Kings 7 is telling us? Isn’t he implying that nothing can be too good, or too costly, or too well done for our wonderful God?

Pastor Dale Ralph Davis commenting on 1Kings 7 says, “We must never offer slop to Him. Perhaps the Holy Spirit is using this chapter to convict us of the flippant and casual procedures we sometimes call ‘worship’.

Others may not see what I do or the thoughts I entertain when no one else is around but God does. This challenges me to up my daily worship. This causes me to pay attention to detail and  try to give excellent actions and a pure thought life. That is what Jesus would do and that is what I want to do. Always remember to rely on the Holy Spirit for His help.

Ephesians 4:23 (NLT) — 23 Instead, let the Spirit renew your thoughts and attitudes.

We must always remember that no matter what seemingly mundane activities we find ourselves involved in throughout the day these activities give us wonderful opportunities to worship.

1 Corinthians 10:31 (NLT) — 31 So whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.

1 Samuel 2:30 (NLT) — 30 “Therefore, the Lord, the God of Israel, says: …I will honor those who honor me, and I will despise those who think lightly of me.

Ephesians 6:7–8 (NLT) — 7 Work with enthusiasm, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people. 8 Remember that the Lord will reward each one of us for the good we do, …

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