Only Our Best

As God’s chosen people were settling in to be their own people group before God to represent Him to the world, the Israelites were given an instruction to give to the building of the tabernacle and serve others in Exodus 35. Verse 5 reads:

From what you have, take an offering for the LORD. Everyone who is willing is to bring to the LORD an offering of gold, silver and bronze;

The key idea is that the Lord is not coercive. He is only interested in an offering from a cheerful giver. And Verse 10 reads:

All who are skilled among you are to come and make everything the LORD has commanded.

The action verbs here are “come” and “make.” For those that are willing we are to show up and serve with our head, hands and feet. Serve with joy in with time, talent and treasure.

We have been forgiven much. The expectation of the Lord is for us to be overflowing with a grateful spirit. We are bought with a price. Therefore, our time and our skills are His.

One way to engage with the joy of serving Jesus is to login to review matching organizations and assignments or register at MissionNext to see options that are surprisingly well suited to how the Lord fashioned you.

Everyone who I have met that transitioned into missions from their career says the same thing, “I’m having the time of my life.”

Nelson Malwitz

Nelson Malwitz


Nelson is the generic Evangelical baby-boomer. Born in 1946, raised in the C&MA, he attended Urbana ’67 in college. He holds an MS degree in Chemical Engineering and worked in R&D positions in American industry for 33 years. Nelson is an inventor with formal training in methods of creative problem-solving. He was a founding elder at Walnut Hill Community Church in Bethel, CT (1982) and served in many leadership capacities of what is now one of the largest Evangelical churches in New England. In 1998 Nelson founded the Finishers Project, now MissionNext, and serves in program development. Locally he attends a Torah study and is chairman of the sewer commission to serve among unchurched leaders.

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