GETTING THE MOST FROM GOD'S WORD:

"Do NOT labor for the food which perishes, but for the food which endures to everlasting LIFE..." - The Gospel of John 6:27 (NKJV)
A systematic and daily reading of the Word of God is important in maintaining a strong Christian life. Establish a daily quiet time with God and His Word. Pray that the Holy Spirit will help you understand what you read. By following our daily Bible reading schedule through this blog, you will be able to read the Bible through in a year. Please note that you may utilize the ‘BIBLE READER’ app that is installed at the bottom of this webpage to assist you in reading the specified scripture portion for today.

To get the MOST from God's Word, please do the following intentionally:
1. REQUEST God to connect with you as you read the word of God with FOCUS and OPENNESS to see what God wants to speak with you.
2. READ the selected sections of Scripture slowly as you mark the words and phrases that intrigue you, even reading them the second time to get a better understanding.
3. REFLECT on what God is communicating to you; stopping long enough to let the seed of God's Word take root in your heart.
4. RESPOND to the passage speaking directly to God about what is in your heart, and then look out for ways to live out what you find - individually, and to others within your church and elsewhere.

As you read and meditate, ask yourself the following three questions:
a) What is God speaking to me through this passage?
b) Is there a command, a promise or a warning for me?
c) Is there an example for me to follow?

Please POST your comments below if there is a thought or message that the Lord has spoken to you through the passage that you are reading and meditating today. Please make sure that your post is aligned to the scripture passage mentioned at the header. All comments should pertain to the relevant scripture portions only, and should be aimed to glorify God (the true author of 'The Bible') & edify everyone who visits this blog site daily - both young and old. May God bless you abundantly for encouraging others through your comments!

Let's PRAY...
LORD, give me the desire to take a little time out of my busy schedule today as I read and meditate on Your Word. Give me this day MY DAILY BREAD. Speak to me clearly & lead me today as my Good Shepherd. Help me to be a blessing to others who interact with me as I attempt to be a living witness of Your Word today. In Your Name I pray, AMEN.

Saturday, January 30, 2016

SPIRITUAL LEADERS should ‘LEAD’ by EXAMPLE

SPIRITUAL LEADERS should ‘LEAD’ by EXAMPLE

January 30 Bible Reading: Exodus Chapters 37-40

"Thus Moses did; according to all that the Lord had commanded him, so he did. And it came to pass in the first month of the second year, on the first day of the month that the tabernacle was raised up. So Moses raised up the tabernacle, fastened its sockets, set up its boards, put in its bars, and raised up its pillars. And he spread out the tent over the tabernacle and put the covering of the tent on top of it, as the Lord had commanded Moses.” (Exodus 40:16-19)

The book of Exodus is the history of God’s people during the year between their deliverance from Egypt and the erection of the tabernacle at Mount Sinai. In the last chapter of Exodus (40), we have the actual setting up of the Tabernacle. It is interesting to note that the tabernacle was carefully assembled and inaugurated on the very anniversary of Israel’s departure from Egypt (12:2). Almost nine months after the arrival of the Israelites at Sinai (19:1) and just before the first annual celebration of Passover, the tabernacle was completed.

The work of rearing up the tabernacle was attributed to Moses because he was chief overseer. With 22,000 Levites (Num 3:21–39) to help with the final erection, the Bible scholars believe that it was accomplished in less than a day (40:1–2, 17), and the narrative describe as if it was Moses who finished the work (vs. 33). In fact, Moses had scrupulously obeyed every detail of God’s commands (7:10) and had been faithful in fulfilling his responsibilities. Due to the faithfulness of Moses, God’s blessings followed the Israelites who were under his leadership as well.

Moses had actually set an excellent example for his workforce by doing his own job “according to all that the Lord had commanded him” (40:16). That kind of precision set the pace for everyone else and reaped invaluable rewards. For example, the management team for the construction of the tabernacle emulated Moses’ example by performing their tasks with “wisdom and understanding, in knowledge and all manner of workmanship,” so that they completed the project “according to all that the Lord had commanded” (35:30–31, 35; 36:1). Likewise, all of the workers under them carried out their tasks “as the Lord had commanded” (39:1, 5, 7, 21, 26, 29, 31–32, 43).

Moses led by example, and his leadership style spread to the group of managers who were helping to supervise and coordinate the ‘tabernacle construction’ project. Then the workers followed their managers, and it ended up with the whole workforce emulating their leader Moses, who led by example. We should remember that the three managers – Ithamar (38:21), Bezalel (35:30–36:1; 38:22) and Aholiab (35:34–36:1; 38:23) - who led the complicated project of building the tabernacle (38:21–23) were handpicked for the assignment—not only by Moses, but by God. In fact, their final performance review showed that they and their workers “did according to all that the Lord had commanded Moses” (39:32, 42), which was the ultimate stamp of God’s approval!

Spiritual leaders today should lead by example as Moses, who was a gifted leader that God gave to the Israelites. In fact, Moses first identified the skilled workers who could do the job faithfully, then, he affirmed them in their responsibilities in the task, and finally, he freed them to do their jobs under the supervision of others who knew the trades. By delegating the work in this manner, Moses became a model leader for us to exemplify and emulate. Let us learn from Moses today and lead by our life example!

"Therefore, holy brethren, partakers of the heavenly calling, consider the Apostle and High Priest of our confession, Christ Jesus, who was faithful to Him who appointed Him, as Moses also was faithful in all His house…and Moses indeed was faithful in all His house as a servant, for a testimony of those things which would be spoken afterward, but Christ as a Son over His own house, whose house we are if we hold fast the confidence and the rejoicing of the hope firm to the end." (Heb. 3:1-2, 5-6)

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