“And this work of the candlestick was of beaten gold, unto the shaft thereof, unto the flowers thereof, was beaten work: according unto the pattern which the LORD had shewed Moses, so he made the candlestick.”
The candlestick has always represented the church. In the book of Revelation, God called the church the “seven golden candlesticks.” God calls the church a candlestick because the church is to be a light to the world. The church is to be so much like Christ, who is the Light of the world, that the world sees the light of Christ through the church.
The verse above says that “this work of the candlestick was of beaten gold.” In other words, the candlestick didn’t become as beautiful as it was, and it didn’t become a candlestick that could hold the candle without someone beating it into the shape that it became. Someone had to take a hammer and a piece of gold and beat it until it became the candlestick that God wanted it to be.
My friend, we often look at the churches that became great churches with admiration, but what we don’t see is how God beat them into the shape He wanted them to be before they became the great candlestick that shone God’s light to thousands. The church that has been used by God has never been used without God having to do His work in the church. Let me share several observations with you about the church being a work of beaten gold.
First, why should the church become what it is supposed to be without paying the same price that Christ paid for His church? If Christ was beaten for our sins, the church should understand that it will never become what God wants it to be without being beaten into the shape so that it can become a great candlestick to shine God’s light to the lost.
Second, the church must be conformed into God’s image. The gold being beaten represents that God must send the church through hardships to get those things out of the church that would hinder it from becoming the candlestick that God wants it to be. God wants the church to be conformed into His image, but that never happens without trials conforming the church into Christ’s image. The beating of the gold shows that trials help the church to remove any sin that hinders it and also builds the character of the church that it needs so that it can become the candlestick that holds the light so the lost world can be saved.
Third, the church will never be what it should be without work. God said that it was a “work” to build the candlestick. No church has ever grown and become a great candlestick without hard work. People don’t run to the church because it has beautiful buildings, but they come to the church because the church works hard to bring people to its services. My friend, you are living in a fairy tale if you think you are going to build your church without hard work.
In closing, let me remind you that you are the church, and God cannot build His church into the candlestick it needs to be without working on you the same way that He works on the church. You will never become the believer God needs you to be without hard times that remove sin from your life and builds character in its place. Let those beaten times become character-building times that God intends for them to be so that you can help your church become the candlestick that God wants it to be.