Tabernacle • Devotion 2: “You Have Skills”
If I were to ask you to build a house completely by yourself, even though I offered to provide you with some of the tools you would need, but not all of them, you would probably call me crazy. You are one person, being asked to complete a job that requires many, and you are not provided with everything needed. How successful would you be?
In Exodus chapter 36, we read about the construction of the sanctuary, which was a place to worship and meet with God.
Exodus 36:2 says, “And Moses called Bezalel and Oholiab and every craftsman in whose mind the Lord had put skill, everyone whose heart stirred him up to come to do the work.”
The Lord placed individual and unique skills into each person, so they could work together for a great purpose. He did not give all the necessary skills to one person. Not one person was asked to build this alone. Not one person was more significant than the other. Hearts were stirred, and people willingly obeyed and took action.
In chapter 39, we read that the people of Israel accomplished what the Lord had commanded.
Exodus 39:43 says, “And Moses saw all the work, and behold, they had done it; as the Lord had commanded, so had they done it. Then Moses blessed them.”
Their willingness to work and utilize their God-given skills resulted in accomplishing what God had commanded. God equips each one of us with different tools and skills for a purpose. Be willing to seek and use what He has placed in you, to serve the Lord, and obey His commands.
As a worship leader, playing instruments and singing are tools that I use to worship the Lord. I am blessed to be involved in this ministry, connect with others, and serve the Lord while doing so. Joining other voices and instruments, to lead others into worship is amazing and important, but there are other ministries of equal importance. There is the children’s ministry, recovery ministry, outreach programs, and a host of others. God has placed different callings, skills, and interests in each person. How incredible is that? The next time you feel like you are of less importance because you are not successful or do not feel called in a certain area of ministry, remember that He did not create you to do it all.
We are not called to do it all, but we are all called to walk in a manner worthy of our calling. Locate your God-given skills and use them.
Ephesians 4:1-7 says, “I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit—just as you were called to the one hope that belongs to your call— one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all. But grace was given to each one of us according to the measure of Christ’s gift.”