Monday, March 29, 2010

What Skills Has God Given You?

Bezalel and Oholiab

 1 "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 skill, ability and knowledge in all kinds of crafts- 4 to make artistic designs for work in gold, silver and bronze,
6 Moreover, I have appointed Oholiab son of Ahisamach, of the tribe of Dan, to help him. Also I have given skill to all the craftsmen to make everything I have commanded you...They are to make them just as I commanded you.' "
to cut and set stones, to work in wood, and to engage in all kinds of craftsmanship. (Exodus 31:1-6)

This is one of my favorite passages in the Old Testament and today, I just want to make two very quick and important points based on it...(see also Exodus 35:30-36:1).

1. God is the giver of all gifts, skills and talents (vs. 3-5)
2. God never calls us or asks us (or in this case commands us) to do anything that He has not also given us the ability to do (vs. 6).

I doubt many Christians would disagree with either of those points, so why, do you ask, do I love this passage so much?  Because it highlights those things we often overlook as "God-breathed" and "God-given" gifts.  For example, take my wife; she is an amazing woman (which is why I married her), and one of her greatest gifts is her ability to organize things.  Finances, a house, a family, me, she has a gift and can meticulously bring peace and organization to things that can often be chaotic.  This is not just something she's good at, it's a gift given to her from God.

Another example is a man in our church, Randy, who has an amazing gift with his hands; everything he touches is golden.  He makes everything from cakes to kayaks and is one of those people who has this ability to creatively create things with excellence (you can see some of his work here).

In fact, there are a whole host of people who have great gifts that are ABSOLUTELY God-given; artists, painters, musicians, financial counselors, carpenters, hospitality gifts, those who can sew and hem, those who are craftsmen, cooks and bakers, wine-makers, construction workers, cabinet makers, writers, gardeners, and the list is endless.  Do we stop to look at ourselves and others long enough to recognize these gifts?  All of us have a gift from God.

What's the point?  I think my point is this; I want you, whoever are reading this blog to see and do two things;
1) I want you to be and feel empowered that whatever you're "good" at, you're good at because God has specially designed you and gifted you in that area.  Don't ever feel diminished that your gift is different than someone else's.
2) I want you to always look for the gifts in others and seek to encourage and empower them.

1 comment:

Unknown said...

Thanks Mike am actually going to be speaking I will be speaking this Friday Sept27th to about 400 young people and 100 adults on this Exact scripture its good to find another person who believes what we believe
Ronnie Kadala from Uganda East Africa