God has ‘CALLED’ us ‘BY NAME’ to do ‘HIS WORK’
January 28 Bible Reading: Exodus Chapters 31-33
Then the Lord spoke to Moses, saying: "See, I have called by name Bezalel 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, in understanding, in knowledge, and in all manner of workmanship, to design artistic works, to work in gold, in silver, in bronze, in cutting jewels for setting, in carving wood, and to work in all manner of workmanship. And I, indeed I, have appointed with him Aholiab the son of Ahisamach, of the tribe of Dan; and I have put wisdom in the hearts of all who are gifted artisans, that they may make all that I have commanded you." (Exodus 31:1-6)
In the above passage we read that God personally appointed two gifted artisans, Bezalel and Aholiab, to construct the tabernacle and all its furniture calling them by name (v. 2), endowing them with ability and talent (v. 3), and giving them specific work to do (vv. 4-5) that included supervising other workers in this holy assignment (v. 6). Bezalel and Aholiab were gifted artisans, but they needed God’s calling and enabling before they could do the work to please Him!
The Israelites, who had been masons and bricklayers in Egypt, were not qualified for highly specialized workmanship. However, Bezalel and Aholiab were uniquely gifted and chosen of God for the crucial tasks of fashioning and constructing the tabernacle. Even though these two men had nothing to do with the priestly, teaching, or prophetic offices, they still needed the special infilling of God’s Spirit for their craftsmanship (v. 3). God’s Spirit enhanced these men’s native abilities with wisdom to fulfill His instructions; understanding to solve the project’s complex problems; and skill to accomplish the project with accuracy.
As God’s children, we all have unique contributions to make in God’s kingdom, and that must be made in the power of God’s Spirit (Rom. 12:3–8) who bestows all gifts and abilities upon us. It is important for us to note that when God calls us He will fill us with “the Spirit of God, in wisdom and in understanding, and in knowledge” (see 1 Kings 7:13, 14; Luke 1:5; Acts 10:38; 5:4; 6:3). When God wants to get a job done, He calls workers, equips them, and gives them the plan for the task in order to help them and provides the needed resources for the task.
Did you ever stop to think that God knows you intimately in connection with the skills and tasks that He has assigned to you, and that God has called you ‘by name’ for His purposes? God has given you specific talents because He wants you to accomplish specific work for His Kingdom. You should gauge your personal abilities with the understanding that they are specific gifts from God. They should not to be taken for granted, viewed with pride, or looked down on when compared with others’ abilities (1 Cor. 4:7; 2 Cor. 10:12). Rather, you should utilize your skills and abilities for His glory and building up His Church on this earth.
Do you know what skills and abilities God has given you? Are you using them for His glory today?