Reading: Exodus 35:30-36:7
Focus Verse: Exodus 36:2
So Moses summoned Bezalel and Oholiab and all the others who were specially gifted by the Lord and were eager to get to work.
Last weekend, Jenn taught about spiritual gifts. Did you do your Bible reading to find out what those are? If you missed the sermon, click here to view it (after you’re done reading, of course!). In addition to spiritual gifts, God gives us all different interests, different talents, different abilities, and different personalities. Some may argue that God gives us these things to make us happy, and to make sure we have happy lives. Wrong-o.
Each of you should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God’s grace in its various forms. 1 Peter 4:10
I don’t see anything in this verse about me being happy.
In our reading today, we see that God gave Bezalel specific gifts – crafting, construction, etching, carving, metalwork, and teaching these crafts to others. God gave Bezalel these gifts, and Bezalel mastered them. The focus verse says that God provided these gifts to others as well, and that when they were summoned, they were eager to get to work! Why?
Work willingly at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people. Colossians 3:23
Are you working for people, or working for God? Are you working at all?? I don’t mean, “Are you making a living?”… I mean, “Are you using the gifts and talents God has given you to serve others?” EACH of us has a gift or talent that the local church needs. It may not be a “spotlight” talent or gift, but that doesn’t make it any less important.
Enjoy being around people? First Impressions Team
Like to cook? Care Team or Alpha Desert Team
Good at tech stuff? Media Arts Team
Good hostess? Café Team or Special Events
Like being around kids? Adventure Kids Team
Enjoy “busy” work? Weekday Prep Team
Are you a musician? Singer? Worship Arts Team
I could go on… but I won’t.
Get the point?
I’ll admit that sometimes I have to hear the same message a few time before it sinks in that God is talking. to. me. Hellllllooooooo…. In fact, I’ve asked before that He hit me over the head with a proverbial 2×4 to get my attention. Here’s your 2×4: If you’re not serving in the local church, be it the Vineyard or somewhere else, you’re wasting the gifts and talents God gave you.
You are specifically gifted. Now, in the words of Exodus 36, eagerly get to work.
God, will you make it abundantly clear to me how you want me to serve in my church? I want to work for you. Help me to master the craft you’ve gifted me with, then remind me to work with eagerness and joy in my heart! In Jesus’ name, Amen.