Trades Workers For God


All followers of Jesus have gifting and anointing by the Spirit to contribute to the work of God.  How are you equipped and do you offer your gift generously to the church?  Today we look at the trades – wood work, metal work… Construction guys set apart for God…

1 Then the Lord said to Moses, 2 “See, I have chosen Bezalel son of Uri, the son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah, 3 and I have filled him with the Spirit of God, with wisdom, with understanding, with knowledge and with all kinds of skills— 4 to make artistic designs for work in gold, silver and bronze, 5 to cut and set stones, to work in wood, and to engage in all kinds of crafts. 6 Moreover, I have appointed Oholiab son of Ahisamak, of the tribe of Dan, to help him. Also I have given ability to all the skilled workers to make everything I have commanded you:

7 the tent of meeting, the ark of the covenant law with the atonement cover on it, and all the other furnishings of the tent— 8 the table and its articles, the pure gold lampstand and all its accessories, the altar of incense, 9 the altar of burnt offering and all its utensils, the basin with its stand— 10 and also the woven garments, both the sacred garments for Aaron the priest and the garments for his sons when they serve as priests, 11 and the anointing oil and fragrant incense for the Holy Place. They are to make them just as I commanded you.”
Exodus 31:1-11

I love this part of the instructions for building the tabernacle, because God reveals that he specially gifts people to contribute to his work in special ways.  This is akin to the spiritual gifts of the Spirit spoken of in the New Testament.  These are manifestations of his grace to accomplish his work.

“I have filled him with the Spirit of God, with wisdom, with understanding, with knowledge and with all kinds of skills.”  In this case it was Bezalel and his helper Oholiab, who would work with the metals and wood to help complete the tabernacle.

As I am on the verge of finishing some renovations on the front of my own house, I understand what it takes to complete this kind of work.  I, frankly, do not have the special skills Moses speaks about here – the Spirit does not appear to have blessed me with them.  And therefore, I struggle with every step to get things right.

For those whom God has equipped with these skills, I am a bit envious.  For those whom the Spirit has filled with wisdom and understanding to use their skills for God, no envy – just celebration.  Are you set apart by the Spirit to bless the church with your skills?  Celebrate it.

We have a large wooden cross in our church, fashioned out of timbers which used to be the trees on the property.  Bless those guys filled by the Spirit to create that cross.  People were kneeling at the foot of that cross last Sunday in church.  God is praised.

All followers of Jesus have gifting and anointing by the Spirit to contribute to the work of God. 

How are you equipped and do you offer your gift generously to the church?

Amen.

Marc Kinna

 

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