God-Given Skill

“And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, See, I have called by name Bezaleel the son of Uri, the son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah: And I have filled him with the spirit of God, in wisdom, and in understanding, and in knowledge, and in all manner of workmanship, To devise cunning works (design artistic works), to work in gold, and in silver, and in brass, And in cutting of stones, to set them, and in carving of timber (wood), to work in all manner of workmanship.”

Exodus 31:1-5

There are projects around the house that I like to delve in, but what it takes a normal man an hour to do seems to take me 3 hours. I would like to say this is true for me in car repair as well, but more often than not, I find myself just taking the car to the mechanic. There is a fine line between doing something yourself to save some money and hiring someone to do it for you and saving money by not breaking it further. I am not gifted with my hands to do things as others are, but I am grateful for online resources that simplify things a bit for me. If I am doing a project, then you will find me rewinding a demo video several times and trying to make sense of it. In some cases, I may phone a friend or consult with Rebekah to see if she can make heads or tails of what I am supposed to do.

I am not sure what a man like me did before the internet, but I do remember paper user manuals. My parents purchased an 1978 Ford F-150 when I was a little boy, and I remember my dad performing general maintenance items on the truck. I did not pay much attention to what my dad was doing, but I do remember him reading the big auto manual and making repairs and adjustments as needed. He was always pretty handy, and he made a decent living applying his brain to the work of his hands.

I sometimes have lofty and creative ideas in my head, but I lack the talent to execute them with my hands. I know what I see in my imagination, but I sit down and only draw out stick figures. Art was one of my favorite classes in school, even though much of my work looked like an elementary student had drawn it. Nate once had a Science project due that required turning a shoe box into a faux habitat. I wanted to help him, so I went to a crafts store and purchased all the materials. I was intrigued by the project so I took over and started doing it all myself. I was so proud of what I had done even though it was Nate’s project. He turned it in and none was the wiser that an adult man had completed a fifth grade project. My art work was at a solid fifth grade level.

I think of Bezaleel in this passage and how God blessed him with artistic ability to perform work on the tabernacle. God gave Him insight, skill and direction as to what He wanted him to do. If he were alive today, he might have over 1,000,000 followers if he decided to do videos on his craftsmanship. Although Bezaleel was greatly gifted of God, God has given all of us skill in certain areas to do His work in the body of Christ. Although I may not have a mechanical mind, artistic skill, or Bob Villa talent, I do know God has given me other specific skills to carry out his work.

What skills has God given you? Are you using these skills to do His work? Are you part of a local body of believers where your skills can be used for His honor and glory? Do you take credit for the talents and skills He has given you instead of realizing that all things come from God? Will what God has given you make an impact for eternity or will it selfishly go with you to the grave? May we surrender to God what He has given us, and may we use the talents He has given us for His service.

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