2/10/16: Using Your Gifts
Many people think being called to God’s service only includes being called to teach or preach. Not so. God’s call to service can be about the use any of our gifts. Take for example the craftsmen called upon to use their gifts in the area of art and design for the construction of the tabernacle. God is speaking in Exodus 31:3-6 and He tells Moses, “And I have filled him (Bezalel) 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… and I have put wisdom in the hearts of all the gifted artisans, that they may make all that I have commanded you” (NKJ).
Are you an artist, an architect, a filmmaker, dancer, seamstress, tailor, or chef? Do you create poetry, play a musical instrument, interpret for the deaf, sing, or compose music? Notice in the verses above that the gifts were already resident in the people God called; He added His Spirit, His wisdom, His understanding, and His knowledge to their gifts and that’s when the gifts became consecrated to Him.
In God’s great love and grace, He gifts us. How about offering those gifts right back to Him by sacrificially allowing Him to tell us how He would have us use them? What an amazing thing it will be to watch as God’s Spirit ignites our gifts through us.
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