34 “And He has put in his heart the ability to teach, in him and Aholiab the son of Ahisamach, of the tribe of Dan.35 He has filled them with skill to do all manner of work of the engraver and the designer and the tapestry maker, in blue, purple, and scarlet thread, and fine linen, and of the weaver—those who do every work and those who design artistic works.36:1 And Bezalel and Aholiab, and every gifted artisan in whom the Lord has put wisdom and understanding, to know how to do all manner of work for the service of the sanctuary, shall do according to all that the Lord has commanded.
Saturday, March 31, 2012
Called, Put, Filled
Exodus 35:30-35; 36:1
30 And Moses said to the children of Israel, “See, the Lord has called by name Bezalel the son of Uri, the son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah; 31 and He has filled him with the Spirit of God, in wisdom and understanding, in knowledge and all manner of workmanship, 32 to design artistic works, to work in gold and silver and bronze, 33 in cutting jewels for setting, in carving wood, and to work in all manner of artistic workmanship.
Being a worship leader, I'm a very visible component of the local church. The good part is that I have a weekly opportunity to influence a mass amount of people. The bad part is the opportunity to be scrutinized by a mass amount of people. It keeps you humble. :)
The fact that myself, or anyone else on stage, has a public platform on Sundays, doesn't automatically make us the only ones with a special call of God on our life. The church takes all kinds of people to be the church, primarily because the church IS people.....but not just any people.....people called by God.
I just finished studying Exodus this morning and the passage above grabbed my attention. Here we see God calling a couple key people to essentially head up construction of the Temple of God. Normally, when you hear people describing God's call the way it is in this scripture, you strictly think of some sort of clergy in the church. This scripture shows us that when God calls someone, its highly important, even if the calling doesn't include the words pastor, worship leader, teacher, or missionary.
Notice the key elements:
1. Called - We see in the first couple verses that God will call those and fill them with His Spirit. In order to carry out the call, we need to be Spirit-filled and Spirit-led.
2. Put - God also puts the ability and desire into the hearts of the called. When our heart is the heart of God, we will seek His kingdom and ministry. It's a heart thing.
3. Filled - When God calls us, He will fill us with the talent and skill to carry out what He's called us to do. If it's for God, it will be of God.
There's greater voice to hear than the voice of the Lord. Click here and be amazed at what the Psalms says about the voice of the Lord. When God calls you to do something, you can do it with confidence, because He will fill you with the skill and put that calling on your heart.