The Purpose of Your God-Given Abilities

Together this week in our OYB reading, we read about the construction of the tabernacle and all of its furniture, curtains and utensils. It becomes quite apparent that it took some signification craftsmanship to accomplish this task. The end result was a dwelling place for God on earth and a place of worship for God’s people.

God Gives Us Our Abilities

So to get the job done, God goes about equipping and enabling people with specific abilities to accomplish the task.

Then the Lord said to Moses, “Look, I have specifically chosen Bezalel son of Uri, grandson of Hur, of the tribe of Judah.  I have filled him with the Spirit of God, giving him great wisdom, ability, and expertise in all kinds of crafts.  He is a master craftsman, expert in working with gold, silver, and bronze.  He is skilled in engraving and mounting gemstones and in carving wood. He is a master at every craft!  “And I have personally appointed Oholiab son of Ahisamach, of the tribe of Dan, to be his assistant. Moreover, I have given special skill to all the gifted craftsmen so they can make all the things I have commanded you to make … (Exodus 31:1-6)

It’s clear that God regards ALL the skills of his people, not just those with theological or ministerial abilities like Moses or Aaron. God chose certain individuals like Bezalel and Oholiab and gave them three things: great wisdom, ability and expertise in all kinds of crafts. He made them master craftsmen; experts; very skilled people.

Abilities Are Given For God’s Purposes

Note God gave these abilities for a specific purpose. He does the same with you and me. God calls us to a task with a specific purpose in mind. It results in the work of God being accomplished, the glorification of God and we receive a great sense of personal fulfillment in our lives because God wired for this work!

Exodus 36:1 “The Lord has gifted Bezalel, Oholiab, and the other skilled craftsmen with wisdom and ability to perform any task involved in building the sanctuary. Let them construct and furnish the Tabernacle, just as the Lord has commanded.”

So the abilities you do have are a strong indication of what God wants you to do with your life.  So many people are searching for purpose in their lives. The ultimate purpose of your life can only be found by acknowledging the Creator who made you and the abilities He has given you. Discerning those abilities are clues to knowing God’s purpose and will for your life. God doesn’t waste abilities but rather He matches our capabilities with our calling.

The Quality of Our Work

Whatever we do for God should be our best. Quality does matter! The Bible describes the quality of the work that was done:

Exodus 39:3,8 … He made gold thread by hammering out thin sheets of gold and cutting it into fine strands. With great skill and care, he worked it into the fine linen with the blue, purple, and scarlet thread … Bezalel made the chestpiece with great skill and care. He made it to match the ephod, using finely woven linen embroidered with gold and with blue, purple, and scarlet thread.

God gave specific and exact details regarding he building of the Tabernacle. The quality of materials used was exquisite, using some of the most costly materials known to man. The work was of the finest caliber. If you don’t think God is into details, read it again! If you’re not sure whether quality matters, read it again! If you still not convinced of God’s attention to detail, using only the finest of materials, arranged in incredible details, then read Revelation 21 & 22 and let God blow your mind away! And finally…

The Attitude of Our Work

A willing heart is another key to fulfilling the work God has called and equipped us to do.

Exodus 35:25-26 … All the women who were skilled in sewing and spinning prepared blue, purple, and scarlet thread, and fine linen cloth. All the women who were willing used their skills to spin the goat hair into yarn.

Making cloth by spinning and weaving took a great deal of time in Moses’ day. So the effort involved in making enough cloth for the Tabernacle was staggering. It took a willing heart and a sense of community to pull together to accomplish the task.

Life is too short to settle for doing less than our best for God. It’s also the key to your greatest sense of fulfillment in life. So as you discover your abilities, give them in service to God and others. If you’re not sure what your abilities are, talk to us and we will help you discover yours.

It leads to a life of great satisfaction and reward and most importantly, it advances the kingdom of God (Matthew 25:28-29)!

The God Who Sees, Hears and Is Aware

From a Distance is a song written in 1985 by American singer-songwriter Julie Gold and made famous in 1990 by Bette Midler. This song expresses what I have heard by many over the years about how they feel about God and His involvement in our lives and our world; not really involved too much with us but rather keeping His distance from us. Though this may be how we feel at times, the Bible describes a very different and more accurate picture.