Gifts Ignited

“The Lord said to Moses, ‘See, I have called by name Bezalel the son of Uri, son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah, and I have filled him with the Spirit of God, with ability and intelligence, with knowledge and all craftsmanship, to devise artistic designs, to work in gold, silver, and bronze, in cutting stones for setting, and in carving wood, to work in every craft. And behold, I have appointed with him Oholiab, the son of Ahisamach, of the tribe of Dan. And I have given to all able men ability, that they may make all that I have commanded you: the tent of meeting, and the ark of the testimony, and the mercy seat that is on it, and all the furnishings of the tent, the table and its utensils, and the pure lampstand with all its utensils, and the altar of incense, and the altar of burnt offering with all its utensils, and the basin and its stand, and the finely worked garments, the holy garments for Aaron the priest and the garments of his sons, for their service as priests, and the anointing oil and the fragrant incense for the Holy Place. According to all that I have commanded you, they shall do… Above all you shall keep my Sabbaths, for this is a sign between me and you throughout your generations, that you may know that I, the Lord, sanctify you.'” Exodus 31:1-11,13

Called, filled, appointed, given. The LORD who imagines supplies for the making, the Designer determines those who devise and accomplish His plans. Such is the artistry of God Almighty, that He would make the makers and infuse them with the makings required. He could work solo, as He did (within the Trinity) in the beginning , but He has instilled in man glorious purpose, and the equipping to carry it out. We glorify Him when we employ His gifts for His beautiful plan, and develop as the individuals He’s created us to be.

The Lord God has crafted us each with specific ability and intelligence, to do work to reflect His beauty. He’s called us to take our part in exalting Him, and making a place for others to also. He’s given us tools to adorn His reputation, words and talents and activities that exalt His name. He gives opportunity to support and bless those who lead us in worship, instruction, and shepherding, to assist those who bring us His word. He’s created us to obey, igniting a proper fear of and desire for Him, and to rest for renewal.

Someone may question that we have ‘a story,’ a testimony that propels a life aim, not realizing that God has designed a providential plan, not recognizing there even is a supreme Sovereign who authors our life and faith. But He writes and perfects each one, and we participate by fanning into flame the gifts He’s instilled, and utilizing them in His service according to His schedule and strength, not our own. How yielded to Him, and how well invested are we as His servants? (2 Timothy 1:6-7; Hebrews 12:2)

What specific gifts, and what specific tasks, has my Lord assigned to me in the church? How am I particularly involved in His larger, magnificent purpose? (Psalm 57:2; Proverbs 19:21; Isaiah 43:7)

Holy Spirit, ignite in me the gifts You’ve bestowed to fulfill Your intent with excellence, adorn Your renown with beauty, and bring glory to Your holy name.

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