Thursday, January 14, 2021

Gifted to Go - Martin Wiles

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. Exodus 31:2-3 NLT

He wanted to sign his name…but couldn’t.

As the end of the school year approached, I taught students how to write a few types of letters they would need at some time in their lives: business, cover, query, friendly. I explained the format and showed them examples on the overhead and in their books.

All went well—until we got to the end. I instructed them to print their name at the end, but to leave a couple of spaces between it and their closing for their signature.

One of my more astute students raised his hand and said, “I don’t know how to write in cursive.”

No one laughed because some of them didn’t know how to either. While we teach cursive writing at our school, not all schools do, and some students who have been homeschooled don’t learn it either. 

Knowing that even in our techy world students still needed to know how to sign their names, I walked over to the whiteboard and wrote the student’s name in cursive. I gave him one thing he needed to succeed in life.

God did the same for Bezalel. He was one of the individuals God gifted to help build the elements the Tabernacle would house. This tent preceded the Temple, later built by Solomon, but contained the same items. Since this building represented God’s presence with the people, it needed to be built with care and reverence. So, God gifted those He charged with building and furnishing it.

God does the same for His followers today. In several places, the Bible lists spiritual gifts that God gives His children. We all have at least one—and many have more than one. It’s even possible that the lists are not exhaustive.

Regardless of our gift(s), God’s design is for us to use them. If we don’t, He’ll likely take them away and bless someone else with them. When we use them, we help fulfill the overall purpose for existence—to build His Kingdom—and we accomplish temporary goals God assigns during our life’s journey.

Once we discover our gifts, we should ask God for opportunities to use them. A part of the asking is putting ourselves in a place that would be a likely area for God to use us. Asking God to give me a teaching opportunity, but not attending church, wouldn’t make much sense.

Life is better when we use our gifts in service to God and others. Go with what God has gifted you with.

Prayer: Father, thank You for the gifts. Give us opportunities to use them.

Tweetable: Are you using your gifts? 

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