Exodus 25:3 4
And this is the offering which ye shall take of them; gold, and silver, and brass,  And blue, and purple, and scarlet, and fine linen, and goats’ hair…
When 80-year-old Moses ascended Mount Sinai, God gave him the Ten Commandments and the plans for the Tabernacle in the Wilderness. Moses was to challenge the people of Israel to bring supplies for the construction of the Tabernacle. Those supplies included “fine linen.”
As a pastor for nearly four decades, I am extremely concerned about Christians doing their best for the Church. I am not addressing “style” of worship here, because that is open to all kinds of likes, backgrounds and needs. But I certainly am addressing quality in God’s house. God requested “fine linen” for the Tabernacle, not throw-away junk. The very least we can offer God is our best. All-too-often I have personally witnessed far, far less than fine linen offered in church. For example: church services that have not been prayed-through and thought-out. Just kind of “winging it,” you know? I speak in scores of churches every year, primarily in missions conventions. Many of those churches are dirty or unkempt. The bathrooms would not pass any health code requirements. The lobbies are less than clean and pleasant and the church grounds are untended. The church neighbors must find it embarrassing to have the building there as it downgrades everyone’s property values. What kind of testimony is this?
The way we keep God’s house is a reflection of our deepest inner thoughts of Him. If our concepts of God are noble, lofty and majestic, as they well should be, then His house will reflect those values. No, the church does not have to be some multi-million dollar facility. The singers do not have to be from the Metropolitan Opera House. But our offerings to God should be fine linen, that is, the very best we can offer our precious Lord.
Prayer: O God, forgive me if I ever think in less-than-noble thoughts about You or Your house of worship. As David and Solomon, let my first thoughts be about Your temple and thoughts about my dwelling place be subsequent to that. May I want and pursue the acquisition of fine linen in all my dealings with Your Church. Amen.