You've Got Skills
"And Moses said to the children of Israel, 'See, the Lord has called by name Bezalel the son of Uri, the son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah; and He has filled him with the Spirit of God, in wisdom and understanding, in knowledge and all manner of workmanship, to design artistic works, to work in gold and silver and bronze, in cutting jewels for setting, in carving wood, and to work in all manner of artistic workmanship. And He has put in his heart the ability to teach, in him and Aholiab the son of Ahisamach, of the tribe of Dan. He has filled them with skill to do all manner of work….'" Exodus 35:30-35, NKJV
Don’t you love watching people who have skills use those skills for the glory of God? Last night, we had our friend Hank Nederhoed to our house to work on some plumbing in our kitchen. It’s my personal belief that Hank is the one who put the word “handy” in the term handyman. His giftedness is simply amazing! Then to watch him use his skills in construction is simply a “study of wisdom and understanding, in knowledge and in all manner of workmanship.” Being a guy who is all thumbs, it makes it even more fun to see someone like Hank make the hardest job look so easy. I just sit back and shake my head at his construction genius.
Bezalel and Aholiab had these kinds of God-given gifts. God had called them and gifted them with skills to build his tabernacle. He didn’t ask them to preach; but He allowed their skills to preach. He didn’t ask them to lead worship; but He allowed their work to be an expression of their worship to Him. They knew what they were called to do and they did it. They even taught others to do the same.
Did you know that these kinds of skills are just as important today as we’re working together to build God’s kingdom? We often acknowledge the importance of the person behind of the pulpit and forget about all of those with skills that operate behind the scenes. I know it’s true at our church and I’m sure it’s true in yours. God has called each of us to do something of value for Him and His kingdom. So it’s important that we determine what unique skills we have, and then use them for the glory of God.
You’ve got God-given skills, and He needs you to start using them however you can at your local church. Maybe you are great on computers or programming and never thought to offer to volunteer those skills at your church. Maybe you’re a carpenter, a mechanic, a plumber or a painter. Whatever your skill is, I can guarantee you that your pastor and your church could use your help. Stop selling yourself short – because you have skills!
Say It: “Father, thank You for giving me unique skills. I want to use those skills to glory You and to help build Your kingdom. So today, I offer the gifts You’ve given to me back to You. I want to experience the satisfaction of seeing You work through me, all to Your glory. In Jesus’ Name, amen!”
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