Thirsty Thursday: Mad Skillz

Have you ever thought about the natural talents you possess? What are they? Why do you have them? How are you using them?

When God told Moses to have the people build a tabernacle, He called specific people to come:

And Moses called Bezalel and Oholiab and every craftsman in whose mind the LORD had put skill, everyone whose heart stirred him up to come to do the work. Exodus 36:2

“Every craftsman in whose mind the LORD had put skill.” The LORD has put skill in your mind. He put it there for His glory. However, whether or not your natural talents are given for the work is up to you. There were people who the LORD had given skill to work on the temple that didn’t. Their hearts weren’t stirred to help. So they didn’t.

Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. 2 Corinthians 9:7

I almost always hear this scripture in reference to tithes and offering. Money isn’t even mentioned here! A cheerful giver means giving in a manner that is noticeably happy and optimistic. You can give of your time, your resources, your talents, and YOURSELF cheerfully. I have not been cheerful about giving of myself lately. I have been giving grudgingly and in an obligatory manner. That attitude is not pleasing to God. The good news is that I can change my attitude and I can ask God to forgive me for being selfish. Because Jesus died on the cross for our sins, my bad attitude is covered when I ask forgiveness.

I don’t want to miss out on the blessing of building the plans God has for me.

Thirsty Thursday: Called By Name

Bezalel was born a slave in Egypt. He probably thought that was all he would ever be. Most likely, he never wondered if God would use him to do anything great. What can be done when you’re considered property?

Then God used Moses to free the Israelites from bondage (Exodus 3:7-12). While they were in the wilderness, God told Moses He wanted a tabernacle to be built (Exodus 26). He had specific designs, furnishings, and motifs in mind. He also knew who was to be the leader in building the tabernacle and all it contained.

The Lord said to Moses, “See, I have called by name Bezalel the son of Uri, the son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah, and I have filled him with the Spirit of God, with ability and intelligence, with knowledge and all craftmanship, to devise artistic designs, to work in gold, silver, and bronze, in cutting stones for setting and in carving wood, to work in every craft. Exodus 31:1-5

God gave Bezalel certain gifts. He gave Bezalel these talents to build the tabernacle. Bezalel would even make the ark of the covenant, which is amazing (Exodus 37:1-9). The place where God would dwell on earth. The very seat of God’s mercy on earth would be fashioned by Bezalel’s hands. The hands of a former slave of Egypt no less.

You have been called by name to do the extraordinary. Let me tell you, I do not feel very extraordinary. I feel ordinary. Most days, I feel less than ordinary. But I have been called by name to be Hunny’s wife. I have been called by name to be Yeeyum’s mommy. I have been called by name to be Cupcake’s caregiver. These sound pretty ordinary, but when I ask God to show His glory through this work, it is extraordinary.

Here’s a personal example: When Hunny and I were dating, he had a pencil sketch of a flower on his desk. He told me that he would paint it some time in the distant future. I kept asking him about this flower. I felt like God gave him a gifting to art and that I was meant to encourage him in it. He finished that piece and it reawakened his love of art. Since then, he has painted numerous paintings, done several art shows, donated art for a fundraiser, and has sold his artwork.

God has called you by name to be a sister, to be a friend, to be a spouse, to be a co-worker, to be an employer… He has called YOU. You were meant to do the extraordinary. God wants to use you to make something amazing on earth.