Exodus 25, with the exception of chapters 32–34, the Torah describes the creation of the sanctuary, Mishkan, Tabernacle in English. The story of the construction of the Tabernacle follows almost immediately after the revelation of the Decalogue (Ten Commandments), when the mobile sanctuary is to be made. In 25:8 and 9, for example, we read that G-d commands, “Let them make a Mishkan [a dwelling] for me so that I may dwell among them. Exactly as I show you – the pattern of the Mishkan and the pattern of the utensils – this is how you should make it.”
There is a derash that can be mind for a halakhic lesson, a mitzvah. It parallels the creation account told in Genesis.
Both accounts tell of a creation in which G-d approves. They are seven sections where G-d speaks, paralleling the seven days of creation in Genesis (Exodus 25:1; 30:11, 17, 22, 34; 31:1, 12).
Six days of work and on the seventh day G-d rested. After the Tabernacle is completed, Moshe keeps the first Shabbat. This completion took place on first day of the first month as indicated in 40:17, the same day talmudic sages say the world was completed or formed.
The wording of 39:42, 43 runs reminiscent to Genesis: verb vayechal, “finished,” is used in both instances in 40:33 and Genesis 2:2 for completion.
Moshe tells the people that they must participate in the building of the Tabernacle. They bring all their utensils to make a contribution. G-d did not desire help when creating the world. There are some sages who say that, "The Holy One, blessed be he, as it were, does nothing without contemplating the host above." This means that G-d works from angels but the Rambam equates angels with nature. It is saying that G-d works through nature.
The narrative of the building of the Tabernacle in Exodus is explaining that people continue creation from where G-d ceased. All must participate and put their best effort.
People have a choice. They can sit in contemplative study, perform religious rituals, and wear modest clothing, contributing nothing to society and act like cows who also do no wrong and preform their duty mowing grass. This is not what G-d desires. If it were, He would have never made humans, only cows.
The second option is more attractive. People can use their intelligence and improve themselves and society by doing the Torah's mitzvot. Teach about G-d, and contribute to society, as psychologist Erich Fromm wrote to “be all that you can be.” This is similar to tikkun haolam, “fixing the world.” Only that we do not fix the world that the Bible calls "Very good," but maintain it, and it is like building a Tabernacle.
Thus, it is never too late to learn Torah and put it to practice. No life is a wasted life. We are all created in the "image" of G-d.