What’s your talent?

“The Lord has filled Bezalel with the Spirit of God, giving great wisdom, intelligence, and skill in all kinds of crafts. He is able to create beautiful objects from gold, silver, and bronze. He is skilled in cutting and setting gemstones and in carving wood. In fact, he has every necessary skill. And the Lord has given both him and Oholiab son of Ahisamach, of the tribe of Dan, the ability to teach their skills to others.” (Exodus 35:31-34 NLT).

The Lord gave Moses all the instructions he needed to make the Tabernacle. Then, he told Moses he had the right man for the job, Bezalel. This man had the talent to make the tent of meeting just like God desired. When you read through the proceeding and following chapters, you learn Bezalel is a weaver, seamstress, interior decorator, clothing designer, tailor, and furniture maker all wrapped in to one. Not only his does he have skills, he is filled with the Holy Spirit for this. Usually, we think of the Holy Spirit filling people for what we consider more spiritual tasks – prophesying, healing, and preaching. It’s great to notice that here God has filled a man with many talents in what we call today – skilled trades – and using it for his glory. 

So all that leads me to you. What are you skilled at? How do you use that skill for God’s glory? I think about my dad and many other construction workers I have known through the years. They use their talents to build homes, or business buildings, or roads. We make use of these buildings or roads on a regular basis and are definitely blessed by them. I think about my sister and many other teachers I’ve met through the years. God blessed Bezalel and Oholiab with the ability to teach their skills to others. I’m familiar with the old adage, “Those who can do. Those who can’t teach.” That is so false! Almost every body can tie a shoe. It takes more talent to teach another how to tie. Thank God for good teachers who are able to pass their skills on to their students. There are those who are a blessing to others by their skill of organization. There are others who bless people through their hospitality. There are others who bless through their skilled cooking. Donnie Mae is a relative who always had a pecan pie ready for me when I came to visit. I view that as a Bezalel-like merger of those talents of organization, hospitality, and cooking. I greatly appreciated those pies in my college days.

So what talents has the Lord blessed you with? I may not know for sure what they are, but I am certain God has blessed you with specific talents. Be in tune to what your talents are, and put them to use to glorify his name.