Thursday, September 14, 2017
Exodus 31:1-5: 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."
God gave the skills to these men in order to use them for building the Tabernacle for the worship of God's people. You read that right. God gave them the talents and skills.
Many people seem to dismiss the reality that God is the giver and creator of everything. That is because many people dismiss God. They don't think that God is real.
Yet the Good news is, God is real. God is still actively creating, nurturing, and sustaining life. God is the designer of procreation. It is the miracle of life. And when God creates, He creates people with "in bred" talents and skills in order to be used for God's purpose and the service to others. That is the reason why we have talents and skills.
So God has filled you with the Holy Spirit so that you believe, trust, and love God as He gave to you salvation. God the Father gave Jesus to you so that your sins are forgiven and that you have eternal life. He gave you your talents and skills to put to use on His behalf, whether it's on the building, in the office, reading the lessons, teaching school and Sunday School, leading people into a relationship with God, caring for God's finances, and the like. You are uniquely and wondrously made by God for acts of service so that the Kingdom of God grows. Dear God, lead me to use my skills and talents to bring others closer to you, Amen
Pastor Robert Hemsath joined Faith Lutheran Church and School as the Senior Pastor in January 2017. Pastor Hemsath comes to FLC from Christ the King Lutheran Church in Waxahachie, TX. He has also served congregations in Aberdeen, ID and Pocatello, ID. He has been a Lutheran pastor for the past 20 years.