“Then the whole congregation of the people of Israel assembled at Shiloh and set up the tent of meeting there. The land lay subdued before them.” Joshua 18:1
“The whole congregation of the people of Israel assembled…”
There is definitely something to say about the power of working together. The Israelites were given a promise. God had promised them the Promised Land, the land of “milk and honey”, and though it took them many years, they held onto that promise and worked towards it in faith. The church as a whole and each church individually is given a task that is attached to a promise. Does your church know what that promise is? Do you know what your churches promise is? Are you working together with your other church members to see that God’s promise for your church comes true?
“…set up the tent of meeting there…”
The people of Israel got together and put the tent of meeting up. They worked together to accomplish a common goal. They did what they needed to do in order to properly serve the Lord. Many of our churches today require “setting up”. Each person has different skills that could largely benefit the “setting up” of every church. The church needs skilled hands that are willing to devote the time and effort necessary to accomplish a common goal. What are you good at? In what way could you help the church? What can God use you for?
“The land lay subdued before them.”
The Israelites gathered together and worked together for an identical cause. This resulted in a successful attaining of the goal that was promised by God. God’s promises are by no means a freebie. We will have to work towards them. Our devotion of time and effort plays a part in how our stories unfold; however, once we put the devotion in, we receive the joy of fulfilling God’s promise for our lives. In essence, “you reap what you sow”. Are we as a church truly “gathered together” and are we working together towards a common goal, a common vision?
God has a plan for each church and each individual. That realization of that plan/promise is contingent upon our willingness to devote the necessary resources required. Your time, money, and energy will inevitably be used. Discover your purpose. Discover your passion. Master your performance.