Wednesday, February 10

God-given skills

Scripture: Exodus 31-32, Psalm 18, Acts 17

Exodus 31:1–6 Then the Lord said to Moses, 2 “See, I have chosen Bezalel son of Uri, the son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah, 3 and I have filled him with the Spirit of God, with wisdom, with understanding, with knowledge and with all kinds of skills—4 to make artistic designs for work in gold, silver and bronze, 5 to cut and set stones, to work in wood, and to engage in all kinds of crafts. 6 Moreover, I have appointed Oholiab son of Ahisamak, of the tribe of Dan, to help him. Also I have given ability to all the skilled workers to make everything I have commanded you:

Observation

God chose and appointed skilled artisans to lead the construction efforts for the tabernacle and its accessories.  He filled them with the Spirit, and with wisdom,  understanding, knowledge, and all kinds of skills. God gave abilities to all the skilled workers.  

These weren’t the leaders or preachers—these were the construction workers and artists and jewelers and craftsmen and weavers and dyers.  God gave them skills to accomplish His work and purposes.

Application

I believe that God gives every person skills and abilities that they can use to serve Him and others.  We tend to limit God-given skills to a narrow band of spiritual gifts, but in this passage the skills are very practical and “secular”.    

What practical skills has God given me that I can use to serve Him today?  I’m thinking of people who may not consider themselves gifted by God, but they are!

      • A gifted teacher who is serving and loving her students well.
      • A gifted businessman who is providing necessary services, employing many, boosting our economy and honoring God.
      • A gifted coach who influences young athletes and his entire community.
      • A gifted nurse who serves her patients with grace.
      • A gifted contractor who builds well and beautifully and honestly.

I could go on…and on…and on…because God has given ability to all skilled workers.  

Knowing that you are gifted by God to serve changes the way we think about ourselves and our work.  Too often we fall into the religious trap of thinking about God’s gifts only in terms of spiritual work.  We think God gifts pastors or evangelists or worship leaders.  But God gifts everyone with skills and abilities that we are to use to serve Him and others.  

What practical skills has God given me that I can use to serve Him today?

Prayer: Lord, help me use the skills You have given me to serve You and others today.  And help me to help others identify their skills, abilities and gifts and put them to work for You.